Saudi Arabia Submits Report to Security Council on Iran's Violations Across Saudi Arabia's Southern Border
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has lodged a complaint with the United Nations Security Council last night on the violations committed by Iran of UN Security Council Resolution 2216 regarding Yemen.
The letter of protest, the Kingdom’s UN Ambassador Abdullah Al-Muallami urged the council to take all necessary measures to demand that Iran complies with UN resolutions and stop its illegal action in Yemen. The ambassador also urged the Council to reaffirm the Kingdom’s right to take whatever actions are necessary to protect its territory from pro-Iran Houthi militias and forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Ambassador Al-Muallami said the Kingdom was subject to attacks launched by Houthi militias and forces loyal to Saleh.
The attacks included firing of about 30 ballistic missiles into the Kingdom’s southern provinces of Najran, Jazan and Assir, resulting in the death and wounding of hundreds of civilians and causing damage to civil infrastructure, including schools and hospitals.
Ambassador Al-Muallami said at least one Iranian-made Zilzal 3 ballistic missile was launched into Najran on August 31, 2016.
Ambassador Al-Muallami said the Houthis and forces loyal to Yemen's former president “must be held accountable for their continued irresponsible and criminal behavior.”
The ambassador accused Iran of supplying Houthi militias with weapons in clear violation of Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015) and cited several examples of the seizure of Iranian weapons shipments by international naval forces operating in the Arabian Sea seized shipments of illegal which originated in Iran and was bound for Houthi militias.
Ambassador Al-Muallami referred to a statement by the US Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet on April 4, 2016 which said that US, Australian and French navies seized large shipments of illegal weapons.
The Ambassador said the intercepted weapons included Iranian-made anti-tank missiles, thousands of automatic assault rifles, Dragonov sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other associated equipment.
Ambassador Al-Muallami said that the trafficking of illicit weapons to Houthi militias and forces loyal to Saleh are only a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions, but also a real direct threat to the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the region as well as the world peace and security.
He added that the Kingdom reaffirms its right to take appropriate measures to confront the threats posed by the Houthis and Saleh forces who are financed by Iran and that it would spare no effort to protect its security and integrity and that of Yemen and the region in accordance with the UN Charter and international law.
He went on to say that the Houthis and Saleh should be held responsible of their criminal and irresponsible behavior as silence would only encourage them to commit more violations that would pose threats to the security and safety of the people of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the region. Furthermore, it would undermine the legitimacy of UN Security Council resolutions and increase derailing the political settlement of the crisis in Yemen.
Ambassador Al-Muallami said the Kingdom is calling upon the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and take the appropriate and necessary measures against those who dare to foil the political transition process in Yemen and against those who breach the Security Council resolutions pertinent to the Resolution 2216 which was adopted by the Council under Chapter 7.
The ambassador urged the Security Council to take the necessary action to compel Iran to commit itself to all Security Council resolutions and stop and desist from any illegal act in Yemen.
He reiterated Saudi Arabia’s support for the important work done by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, for the sake of reaching a comprehensive political solution to the crisis in Yemen based on relevant UN Security Council resolutions and consistent with the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and the outputs of the National Dialogue Conference.