After US Resistance, UN Approves Yemen Truce Monitors

Compromise draft removes any mention of humanitarian crisis in Yemen

The UN Security Council has managed to unanimously pass a measure approving a ceasefire monitoring operation in the Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah, after days of heavy resistance to the original British text by the US and Saudi Arabia.

The “compromise” draft that eventually passed removed all mentions of a humanitarian crisis being ongoing in Yemen, apparently at the behest of Saudi officials who feared that their blocking of aid shipments would make it clear this crisis is their fault. It also removed calls for an independent investigation.

The US interest in getting language put in the draft that blamed Iran for the Yemen War, however, did not make the final version. This was unsurprising as Russia threatened to veto any resolution that tried to spin the Saudi invasion of Yemen as an Iranian matter.

US Diplomat Rodney Hunter issued a statement after the resolution passed complaining of the “omission” of the blaming of Iran, saying that the council would one day regret the decision not to single out Iran.


Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.