The United States applauds today’s unanimous adoption of UNSCR 2051 on Yemen. With this resolution, the international community has sent a clear, unified message that Yemen must move forward, unhindered by political discord or violence, with the next phase of its political transition as mandated by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative.
The Security Council made clear that implementing the GCC Initiative requires the resolve of Yemeni leadership and society, bolstered by the international community, to work together in a cooperative and productive manner. The Yemeni people must be able to pursue a more secure, democratic, and prosperous future without illegitimate interference or terrorism. Today, the Council made clear its strong condemnation of such conduct and willingness to consider further actions to deter those who threaten Yemen’s political process.
In spite of those who seek to derail the transition, President Hadi has demonstrated strong leadership by steadfastly implementing much-needed reforms. We remain confident that President Hadi, the National Unity Government, and other stakeholders can continue to fulfill the GCC Initiative. The Yemeni government has made progress on several fronts, including important security sector reform, but additional reforms, as well as an inclusive and transparent National Dialogue process, are essential to pave the way for a constitutional referendum in 2013 and general elections in 2014.
Overcoming Yemen’s challenges requires a comprehensive strategy that emphasizes governance and economic development as much as security issues. As the transition progresses, we will continue to help meet the needs of the Yemeni people by delivering humanitarian aid and economic assistance, supporting political and governance reform, and providing security assistance to combat the common threat of violent extremism.