US, UK, and France condemn recent escalation in south Yemen

Republican Yemen

The US, UK, and France have condemned the recent escalation of UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in south Yemen, calling for the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.

Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy to Yemen Cathy Westley said on Thursday that escalatory actions in southern Yemen must end, calling on both the internationally recognized government and STC, to focus on implementing the Riyadh Agreement and putting the Yemeni people first.

Referring to the STC, a separatist movement controlling Aden, Yemen’s interim capital, Westley warned of imposing international censure.

“Those who undermine the security, stability, unity of Yemen, are risking international censure and exacerbating and prolonging the suffering in Yemen,” said Westley.

This came amid demonstrations organized by STC in the government-held southern provinces of Shabwa and Hadramout.

French Ambassador to Yemen Jean-Marie Safa told Al Sharq Al Awsat hours following the statement of the U.S. that his country is concerned by the recent escalation in the south.

There is a need to “stop the escalation of provocative decisions and rhetoric from all sides,” Safa said.  “France’s strong support for the Riyadh Agreement towards a full and comprehensive political solution under the auspices of the United Nations.”

“The Riyadh Agreement must be fully and comprehensively implemented for the return of the legitimate Yemeni government to Aden, the interim capital, as soon as possible in order to serve the Yemeni people and citizens.”

British ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aron, for his part, called for the urgent implementation of the Riyadh Agreement as well as halting escalation of provocative decisions.

“We are concerned by the recent escalation in South, which violates the Riyadh Agreement signed between the two parties, “Aron tweeted on Friday.

“Provocative measures must end, and the two sides must immediately return to the negotiating table under Saudi mediation to agree on the full implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.”

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