OIC, GCC say Yemen report full of fallacies


Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh — Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Zayani commended the efforts of the Coalition for Legitimacy in Yemen to avoid harming civilians and children in Yemen.

“The Arab coalition is working to restore legitimacy and fight terrorism in Yemen. It is providing humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people,” Al-Othaimeen said.

“Coalition countries are making efforts to support the peace process led by the UN envoy in order to reach a political settlement according to the Gulf initiative and the outcome of the national dialogue and Security Council resolution 2216,” he added.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also expressed its reservation on the UN report on children in Yemen because of the inaccuracy of information based on misleading sources.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen said that the organization hoped that the report would sincerely convey the main reasons behind the intervention of the Arab coalition forces in Yemen after the Saleh and Houthi militias took over the legitimate authority in Yemen and threatened the peace and security of the region and committed terrible crimes against civilians and children and used them as human shields in a flagrant violation of international and humanitarian laws.

He stressed the need to adhere to the objective methodology in the preparation of such reports to maintain the credibility of the United Nations.

In a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency, GCC secretary general Al-Zayani noted the coalition’s commitment to international humanitarian laws in their military operations and the measures adopted in this regard.

The GCC secretary general rejected as unreliable the statistics mentioned in the UN report.

He said the statistics were taken from sources that are not reliable and loyal to the Houthi-Saleh group. Al-Zayani expressed hope that the UN will rely on credible and reliable sources and review such information, statistics and classifications.

The Muslim World League (MWL) also rejected as inaccurate the UN report.