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Yemen update 3/22/2016..Nasrallah says Saudi Arabia has failed in Yemen, Bahrain, and Iraq

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 19:18
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Saudi Arabia has failed in Yemen, Bahrain, and Iraq

Iranian Deputy FM: Talks Only Way to Come Out of Yemen Crisis

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian in phone talks with UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Yemen Ismail Cheikh Ahmed underlined that the only way to settle the crisis in Yemen is dialogue.

Dialogue is the only way out of the current crisis in Yemen and all conflicting groups should pursue this path, Amir Abdollahian said on Monday.

During the telephone conversation, the two sides examined various aspects of the current developments in Yemen.

Iran’s main policy in Yemen is cessation of war and resolve of disputes through dialogue, Amir Abdollahian stressed.

Cheikh Ahmed, for his part, talks with Amir Abdollahian as constructive, and invited all domestic and foreign sides to help resolve the country’s crisis through political means.
Role of Iran in resolving the disputes in Yemen is very promising, he said.

Cheikh Ahmed expressed the hope that after establishment of ceasefire, grounds for rendering humanitarian aid and resolving disputes through negotiations will be prepared.

The Saudi-led coalition has been striking Yemen for one year now, leaving thousands of innocent people dead, injured and displaced.

Amnesty International on Tuesday urged Washington and London to halt arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia, which is leading a brutal war on Yemen.

In a statement released one year into the Saudi-led intervention and titled “Reckless arms flows decimate civilian lives,” the rights watchdog urged the two Western powers and other states to “halt all transfers of arms for use in the Yemen conflict”.

“Saudi Arabia’s international partners have added fuel to the fire, flooding the region with arms despite the mounting evidence that such weaponry has facilitated appalling crimes and the clear risk that new supplies could be used for serious violations,” said James Lynch, Amnesty International’s regional deputy director.

Amnesty said that Washington and London, the largest arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia, “have continued to allow transfers of the type of arms that have been used to commit and facilitate serious abuses, generating a humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale.”

The group said it has documented since the beginning of the conflict at least 32 air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition “that appear to have violated international humanitarian law”.

The strikes had killed “almost 361 civilians, including at least 127 children”, it said.

Amnesty also accused the coalition of having “repeatedly used cluster munitions, inherently indiscriminate weapons whose use is prohibited, in attacks that have killed and maimed civilians.”

UN Security Council Resolution 2216, adopted in April last year, imposed an arms embargo only on the Yemeni army and Popular Committees that are resisting the Saudi-US aggression.

On February 25, the European Parliament called for an EU-wide arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, Amnesty said.

“In the absence of a Security Council embargo, Amnesty International is calling on all states to ensure that no party to the conflict in Yemen is supplied – either directly or indirectly – with weapons, munitions, military equipment or technology that would be used in the conflict.”

The World Health Organization says Saudi war on Yemen has killed almost 6,300 people since March 2015, and the United Nations has warned of an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe.

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