United Nations Secretary-General compliments Yemen for having embraced a peaceful transition

Dec 4, 2012

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Back in NY following his visit to Yemen, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon compliments the nation for having embraced a peaceful transition.

"I was very recently in Yemen. I was privileged to bear witness to a remarkable negotiated transition. The country has rejected civil war and embraced national dialogue. We must ensure the process is irreversible," Mr Ban Ki-moon said addressing a high-level stakeholders meeting in New York last week.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon came to Yemen on 19 November, marking the anniversary of the Yemen Peace and Transition Agreement signed last year.

During his speech held in the Presidential Palace in Sana’a, the Secretary General drew attention to the remarkable efforts made over the last year. "One year ago, Yemen came close to widespread conflict with unrest and strife on the rise. Today, calm has returned to most parts of the country and ordinary people can again go about their businesses," said Mr. Ban Ki-moon.  "Whenever a society is divided and faces the abyss of civil conflict, there is a need to return to wisdom, mutual respect and peaceful interaction. These are the principles with which you have armed yourself and which you continue to demonstrate," Mr. Ban Ki-moon added addressing President Abdo Robo Mansour Hadi and other Yemeni officials in the capital.
Mr. Ban Ki-moon recognized that transitions are difficult and acknowledged the profound challenges the people of Yemen are facing. "The United Nations is working hard with other partners to help overcome the current humanitarian crisis" he said, "and the United Nations will continue to support you in overcoming challenges and ushering in a more peaceful era for the people of Yemen."

"Through agencies based on the ground, and with support from partners, the United Nations remains committed to assist Yemen in both its humanitarian and development endeavour. In parallel with the National Dialogue, addressing the urgent basic needs of people and support efforts to create long-term development in the country are essential. Only by responding to these needs can an environment in which all people living in Yemen find that their rights are respected be possible," says Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.

You can read the full speech of Ban Ki-moon in Sana'a here