S.ara­bia, al­lies crit­i­cise bi­ased UN res­o­lu­tion

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

RIYADH: Saudi Ara­bia and key al­lies have de­nounced as bi­ased a res­o­lu­tion that re­newed a Un-backed in­ves­ti­ga­tion of al­leged war crimes in Ye­men, where Riyadh leads a coali­tion bat­tling Houthi rebels.

The con­dem­na­tion was is­sued in a joint state­ment re­leased late on Fri­day by the Riyadh-backed Ye­men gov­ern­ment, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Egypt.

It comes af­ter the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil voted to ex­tend an in­ter­na­tional probe of al­leged war crimes com­mit­ted in Ye­men.

“We are left with a res­o­lu­tion which is bi­ased, and which clearly con­tra­dicts the clear man­date laid out by the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil,” said the joint state­ment.

Rights coun­cil mem­bers voted in favour of the res­o­lu­tion in Geneva on Fri­day by 21 to 8, with 18 ab­sten­tions.

Saudi Ara­bia and its al­lies be­moaned what they said was the coun­cil’s “fail­ure to achieve con­sen­sus.”

“In par­tic­u­lar, we are dis­ap­pointed that cer­tain mem­ber states failed to con­sider the real and le­git­i­mate con­cerns of those states who are most af­fected by the sit­u­a­tion in Ye­men,” their joint state­ment said.

The res­o­lu­tion showed “dis­re­gard for Ye­men’s sov­er­eign right to give its con­sent to co-op­er­ate with in­ter­na­tional res­o­lu­tions that deal di­rectly with the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion on its own ter­ri­tory,” it added.

On the eve of the vote, the Ye­meni gov­ern­ment had an­nounced it was end­ing its co-op­er­a­tion with the UN hu­man rights mis­sion, ac­cus­ing it of bias in an Au­gust re­port on al­leged war crimes.

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