The following Security Council press statement was issued on Feb. 22 by Council President Kodjo Menan (Togo) on Yemen:
The members of the Security Council welcomed the holding of the Presidential election on 21 February. They congratulated the people of Yemen for the overall peaceful manner in which the elections were held and the encouraging levels of participation.
The members of the Security Council underlined that this election is a significant step in the implementation of the political transition plan agreed to by Yemen’s major political parties, based on the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative. They reaffirmed their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen.
The members of the Security Council encouraged all stakeholders in Yemen to work together, with strong international support, to continue with the next stage of transition as set out in the implementation mechanism in order to achieve unity and security in Yemen. This includes the fully inclusive National Dialogue, the constitutional review and the programme of reforms to tackle the profound security, humanitarian and economic challenges that Yemen faces.
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