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UNSCR Resolution 2140 on Yemen

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 26, 2014


On February 26, 2014, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution welcoming the conclusion of Yemen’s historic National Dialogue Conference and reaffirming Council support for the implementation of subsequent stages in the country’s political transition process. The Council emphasized the critical need to turn the page on the presidency of former President Saleh and called for a cessation of all actions meant to disrupt the political transition in Yemen.

With this resolution, the Council has taken a significant, forward-leaning step in setting up a sanctions committee, which will allow the Council to respond quickly with targeted sanctions against individuals engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen.

  • Resolution 2140 continues the Council’s active engagement on Yemen and reaffirms its support for Yemen’s political transition on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and Implementation Mechanism, signed by the Yemenis on November 23, 2011.
  • Resolution 2140 welcomes the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference, which provide a road map for Yemen’s continued democratic transition.
  • Resolution 2140 commends the leadership of President Hadi and the ongoing commitment of the people of Yemen to a peaceful and meaningful transition.
  • Resolution 2140 reaffirms the need for the full and timely implementation of Yemen’s political transition, as outlined in the GCC Initiative and its implementation mechanism, including the drafting of a new constitution and the holding of a referendum on the draft constitution and, ultimately, national elections. It encourages all stakeholders to continue their constructive, nonviolent engagement in implementing the transition.
  • Resolution 2140 establishes a sanctions committee with a mandate to sanction individuals found to be engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen. The committee will be supported by a four-person panel of UN experts who will compile information about those who may engage in or provide support for such acts.

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