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Summary: 8 June 2015, Brussels – The EU has imposed an arms embargo and further targeted sanctions against a Houthi leader and the son of ex-President Saleh. This decision reflects UN Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) of 14 April 2015 and implements it for the EU.

Two additional Yemeni individuals have been targeted with a travel ban and an asset freeze over their actions against Yemen’s peace and stability. They are Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, the Houthi leader, and Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, son of the former President, who played a key role in facilitating the military expansion of the Houthi movement allied with regular army units loyal to ex-President Saleh. Two other members of the Houthi movement as well as former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been under the same restrictions since December 2014.

In addition, the Council put in place the UN’s arms embargo against the people and entities subject to these restrictions. The ban also covers providing technical and financial assistance related to military activities.

The EU has condemned the destabilising unilateral actions taken by the Houthis and forces loyal to ex-President Saleh and urged their forces to immediately stop the use of violence. The EU considers that only a broad political consensus achieved through inclusive negotiations can provide a sustainable solution, restore peace, and preserve the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen.

Council conclusions on Yemen, 20 April 2015

  • Ref: CL15-083EN
  • EU source: Council
  • UN forum: 
  • Date: 8/6/2015

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