Following the high-level assembly co-organised by the European Commission and the Swedish authorities on the humanitarian state of affairs in Yemen, Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, and Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister Peter Eriksson, have issued the next Joint Statement: “Needs in Yemen are unprecedented. (…) We are deeply alarmed on the quickly deteriorating humanitarian area all around the nation. It has reached a breaking level the place supply of life-saving help is in danger. A concrete step change is required so as to proceed to supply very important assist to the individuals of Yemen.
“All restrictions, obstructions and interference violating humanitarian principles should be removed immediately and once and for all. Therefore, we welcome the commitment reached today by the humanitarian community for a common approach to face these challenges. This includes recalibrating humanitarian assistance, including a downscaling, or even interruption, of certain operations, if and where delivery of humanitarian aid in accordance with the humanitarian principles is impossible. This also includes a dialogue with all parties and the recent indication of willingness to remove constraints for aid delivery on the ground needs to be followed up. An intensified engagement should therefore be immediately pursued including through high-level missions by the UN and donors to Yemen. A long-term solution requires a comprehensive peace agreement.”
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