THE United Nations, which was believed to be not doing much for the very objective of its creation, has started asserting itself for the cause of peace in Yemen. As the situation in Yemen is deteriorating day by day, the UN Security Council, on Tuesday, imposed an arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi rebels and demanded them to immediately pull back from territory seized and instead seek a political settlement.
It is, perhaps, after a long long time that the world body has spoken of the language of the international public opinion. An overwhelming majority of the world community strongly believes that no non-state actor should be allowed to topple governments and seize power through violent means. Therefore, both the diagnosis of the Yemeni problem and the treatment prescribed by the UNSC augur well for peaceful resolution of the conflict. Houthis, backed, training, armed and supervised by some outside forces, are forcibly occupying different regions of Yemen and are also posing tangible threat to the neighbouring countries. It was because of this that a Saudi-led coalition is engaged in bombing of Houthi targets with a view to weaken their capability of aggression. Besides the vested interests of different countries in Yemeni situation, there are genuine concerns that the conflict could expand and engulf the entire region. This would, obviously, pose threat not only to Middle-East but beyond and therefore, it was duty of the United Nations to act without wastage of time. The adoption of resolution is clearly reflection of will of the international community and hopefully Houthis and their backers would respect this will. Russia preferred to abstain but did not veto the resolution, which is indicative of its support, albeit tacit, to the cause of peace in the troubled country. Yemen’s Ambassador to UN has rightly described the resolution as a very clear message to the Houthis that they should abide by international law, stop their coup and return the kidnapped state to the legitimate government of Yemen. Intra-Yemen dialogue could succeed only if Houthis listen to the voice of reason as reflected in the UN resolution and return to the negotiating table to find a peaceful settlement of the crisis.