Yemen: MEPs call for EU strategy and arms embargo against Saudi Arabia  

A renewed push for a Yemeni peace initiative, an integrated EU strategy to support the country and an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia are the main demands MEPs will make to EU foreign policy chief on Wednesday afternoon.

MEPs will call on all those involved in the conflict in Yemen to cease hostilities urgently and engage in a new round of UN-led peace negotiations. They are also likely to urge EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to urgently propose an integrated EU strategy for Yemen - mainly consisting in facilitating a resumption of negotiations and implementing confidence-building measures - and to impose an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia.


20.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen, one of the world’s poorest nations, which has been devastated by a civil war since 2015. While ground fighting continues to rage in parts of the country, the threat of famine is increasing, creating the world’s largest food security emergency. UN-led peace talks ended in August 2016 with no agreement and have been frozen since then.


The debate will be wrapped up by a resolution to be put to the vote on Thursday at around noon.


Procedure: Non legislative resolution

2017/2849(RSP)

Debates: Wednesday 29 November

Votes: Thursday 30 November


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