GCC renews complete rejection of Houthis coup d’etate, threatens actions to “preserve vital interests in Yemen’s security, stability”

RIYADH, 14th February 2015 (WAM) — The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has renewed its complete rejection of the Houthi coup d’etat in Yemen against legitimacy and urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) members to adopt a resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter over the Houthis’ “illegitimate” seizure of power in order to “preserve global security and peace that are being threatened by the Houthi coup against legitimacy.” This came in a communique issued the GCC foreign ministers following an emergency meeting at Riyadh Air Base Airport in the Saudi capital to discuss the situation and developments in Yemen.

Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter sets out the UN Security Council’s powers to maintain peace. It allows the UN Security Council to “determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression” and to take military and nonmilitary action to “restore international peace and security”.

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, represented the UAE to the extraordinary meeting in the Saudi capital.

The GCC emergency meeting was chaired by Qatari Foreign Minister, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, and was attended by Abdul Lateef bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General of the GCC.

The GCC foreign ministers’ communique also called upon the League of Arab States and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convene emergency meetings for the foreign ministers of their members in order to come up with a resolution to reject the coup and all its results.

The GCC’s communique also condemned the so-called constitutional declaration made by the Houthis and their detention of Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahhah and the other officials. The communique demanded that President Hadi, Prime Minister Bahhah and all the other detained officials be freed immediately.

The GCC which consists of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, renewed its support for the legitimate Yemeni government of the detained President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and expressed its support for all peaceful efforts by Yemeni parties to resume political efforts based on the GCC initiative, the outcome of national dialogue and the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, namely UN Security Council’s Resolution No 2140 adopted on 26 February 2014.

UNSC’s Resolution 2140 continues the Council’s active engagement on Yemen and reaffirms its support for Yemen’s political transition on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and Implementation Mechanism, signed by the Yemenis on November 23, 2011 The resolution welcomed the conclusion of Yemen’s historic National Dialogue Conference and reaffirmed the UNSC’s support for the implementation of subsequent stages in the country’s political transition process. In Resolution 2140, the Council emphasised the critical need to turn the page on the presidency of former President Saleh and called for a cessation of all actions meant to disrupt the political transition in Yemen.

The GCC’s communique also rejected the Houthis’ attempts to impose a “de facto situation” and changes on the Yemeni society. It called the Houthis to stop using violence and to withdraw from all the areas they took control of, to surrender their arms which they looted from Yemen’s military and security institutions and to engage in the political process.

The GCC also renewed its support for Yemen’s peaceful transition and expressed it hopes that the efforts being made by the UN would lead to an agreement between all concerned Yemeni parties that would take Yemen out of the current stalemate based on the preservation of legitimacy in Yemen, the resumption of the political process on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and Implementation Mechanism.

The communique threatened that if Yemeni parties fail to reach an agreement “the GCC members will take actions that would enable them to protect their vital interests in the security and stability of Yemen and help the brotherly people of Yemen to pass through these serious events and to preserve the security, stability and unity as well as the security and stability of the region.”