Experts urge UN to remind Yemen government on corruption

U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against Yemen are recommending that the Security Council remind its government that corruption threatens peace and urge rival Shiite rebels to respect the neutrality and independence of humanitarian workers.

The experts also recommended that the council remind Yemen’s government of its obligations under international law to provide adequate standards of living for its citizens, including ensuring entry of goods into the country, especially desperately needed food.

The Associated Press on Thursday obtained the nine recommendations the panel of experts made in their latest report to the council.

The recommendations came as U.N. monitors try to strengthen a cease-fire in the port of Hodeida, key to the delivery of 70 per cent of Yemen’s imports and humanitarian aid, and arrange a withdrawal of rival forces from the area agreed to by the government and the Houthis on Dec. 13.

While the agreement in Stockholm was limited, if fully implemented it could offer a potential breakthrough in Yemen’s four-year civil war that has brought the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of starvation and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The six other recommendations by the panel are to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Yemen.