Yemen – Questions and answers – Excerpt from the press office (05.09.19) – France-Diplomatie

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Q: A report published by UN investigators estimates that France, the United States and Britain could be complicit in war crimes by arming and providing intelligence or logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen. How do you explain this analysis by UN investigators on the role of France in this conflict?

A: France does not believe in a military solution to the conflict in Yemen and reiterates its strong concern about the continuation of hostilities and the humanitarian consequences of the conflict, which is paying a heavy price for civilians. It strongly condemns the attacks that have caused many civilian casualties, such as that of September 1 in Dhamar, one of the most deadly since the beginning of the conflict.

Strict interdepartmental control regulates our arms exports. Authorizations are issued in strict compliance with France's international obligations, including the provisions of the arms trade treaty and the common European position.

France is pushing for a political solution in Yemen, which is the only prospect of ending the conflict. Supports the mediation of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths to resume discussions on a global and inclusive political agreement. Our action is part of the efforts of the President of the Republic to reduce the regional scale.

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