Yemen's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Khaled al-Yemani has criticized UN continuous dependence on sources from Civil Society Organizations and pro-Houthi-Saleh individuals for information.
In Yemen's review al-Yemani made at the UN Security Council's opened session on children and armed conflicts on Tuesday, he criticized also weak representation of the international organizations in liberated areas and absence of their offices there, which makes the organization subjected for depending on misleading and unreliable sources from one party.
He confirmed keenness of the government of Yemen in protecting children and not dragging them in armed disputes, in commitment to President's decree issued on November 2012. The decree prohibits recruiting children under 18 in the army and security forces.
He noted to the joint action plan between the government and UNICEF for ending child soldier recruitment for honoring international commitments in protecting children and banning children recruitment and joining last October's declaration of "Secured Schools" aiming at protecting children and schools in armed conflicts so as Yemen will be No. 70 to join this declaration.
Al-Yemani criticized the UN Secretary General's 2016 report on children and armed disputes for dealing equally with government and armed rebel militias, confirming that the legality protects its people and does not recruit children and cooperates with the United Nations and abides by the international laws and implementation of the UNSC's resolutions, namely Resolution 2216.
He welcomed cooperation and serious work with the UN Representative's office on children and armed disputes, who voiced willingness for producing a protective work for children and cooperation with the government away of propaganda.
During the SC opened session, Norway and the UN Secretary General Assistant for Children and Armed Conflicts welcomed Yemen's joining to the declaration of "Secured Schools."
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