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On Yemen, After Saudi Bombs Rally in Sana'a, UN Brags About Kuwait

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 -- The UN Secretariat's bungling of Yemen mediation has become ever more clear, according to multiple sources and documents exclusively seen by Inner City Press, see below.

 On May 9, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric about Saudi-led Coalition air strikes on Amran, and if the UN would admit that the Houthis have controlled the base there since 2014. "Not for us to say, "was the answer from Dujarric, who as it happens blocks Inner City Press on Twitter just as the UN Envoy blocks journalists in Yemen. Video here. From the UN Transcript:

Inner City Press:  does the UN believe that this base was already controlled by the Houthis…  [inaudible]

Spokesman:  That’s not for us to say.

But see below.  On May 22, after a banal UN read-out of a meeting between its Ban Ki-moon and Hadi, the Saudi-led coalition dropped bombs in Sana'a, near a rally in Maidan Assab'een (Seventieth Square) in Sana'a, to frighten and break up the rally.

  Some didn't run; some fired in the air. Where are Ban Ki-moon and his fishy envoy on this one? Selling cars?

On May 23, Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric, video here, UN transcript here:

Inner City Press: I heard what you said about the...the talks in Kuwait.  You said that yesterday actually the Saudi-led coalition dropped bombs on Sana'a for the first time in some time. And there's also an Amnesty International report out, basically very detailed, talking about the use of U.K. BL755 cluster bombs around Sa’ada.  So I'm wondering, is the envoy...was he unaware of those... those... what does he think of airstrikes on the capital where people marking...

Spokesman:  We obviously condemn all the continued violence we've seen in Yemen, whether it's airstrikes, whether it is attacks, terror attacks that we've seen even over the weekend.

The message is clear is that the focus needs to be on the political...on the political talks.  We need to see a lowering of...of the violence. We're obviously very much aware of these issues.

On the use of cluster... you know, the reported use of cluster munition, I think the Secretary-General and others have reminded that those countries who sell weapons and munitions to a... to a third country have also responsibility on how those weapons are used.


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