Khoshroo rejects Saudi claims on arming Yemenis

TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) – Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Khoshroo issued a letter to Gerard van Bohemen the President of the Security Council of the UN and dismissed the anti-Iran allegations made by Saudis.

“According to the latest survey conducted by human rights activists and academics, Saudi Arabia has targeted 3,158 non-military sites in Yemen between March 2015 and the end of August 2016. The findings further reveals that there were 942 air raids on residential areas, 114 on markets, 34 on mosques, 147 on schools, 26 on universities and 378 on transport sites during the same period,” quoted Gholamali Khoshrou, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, from The Guardian, in a letter submitted to Gerard van Bohemen the President of the Security Council of the UN on Tuesday.

The Iranian diplomat categorically rejected the anti-Iran claims of Saudis and reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never had a policy of transferring weapons to any site in the world as it sees the solution of no crisis in the world in militancy.

Here is the full text of Mr. Khoshrou’s letter:  

In the name of God, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful

No: 1039

27 September 2016

H.E. Mr. Gerard van Bohemen

President of the Security Council

United Nations

New York

                                                                                                   

Excellency,                                                                                                                                       

Upon instructions from my Government, and with reference to the letter dated 16 September 2016 from the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2016/786), I wish to bring the following to your attention:

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran firmly rejects the pure fabrications and unsubstantiated allegations, contained in the afore-mentioned letter concerning the alleged transfer of weapons to Yemeni Ansarullah fighters and the violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

This letter and the claims contained therein are at the same time quite astounding as the claimant is the representative of a government that has invaded Yemen and used, for about a year and half, a full variety of lethal weapons against Yemen's civilians and civilian infrastructure. Numerous reports, by the United Nations and other authoritative institutions, have so far documented the crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemeni civilians, specially children and women, as well as Coalition's engagement in violating international law and international humanitarian law, including Security Council Resolution 2286.

According to the latest survey conducted by human rights activists and academics, Saudi Arabia has targeted 3,158 non-military sites in Yemen between March 2015 and the end of August 2016. The findings further reveals that there were 942 air raids on residential areas, 114 on markets, 34 on mosques, 147 on schools, 26 on universities and 378 on transport sites during the same period. [1]

The air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, yesterday, 26 September 2016, on a Yemeni hospital, supported by Doctors without Borders, during which at least 11 people were killed and 19 injured are the latest in a series of ceaseless attacks on civilian targets in Yemen. The bombing of a school in northern Yemen, on 13 August 2016, is another example during which 10 children died and 28 were injured.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always reiterated that there could be no military solution to this war and has urged for an end to hostilities and a peaceful resolution of this conflict through negotiations and the utilization of peaceful mechanisms.

I  should  be  grateful  if  you  would  have  the  present  letter  circulated  as  a document of the Security Council.

Gholamali Khoshroo

Ambassador

Permanent Representative

[1] The Guardian, 23 September 2016.

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