A source familiar with the negotiations on the resolution tells CNN that the US has "slammed the brakes" saying that…
A source familiar with the negotiations on the resolution tells CNN that the US has “slammed the brakes” saying that “we can not support a resolution at the moment”.
The source also said that the move is contrary to what the US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley has signaled against his counterparts in the UN, as she supported the planned resolution a few weeks ago.
White House declined commenting on the dissolution of the United States mission to the UN. Officials there also refused to comment.
The reason for the delay continues to be a White House worries about anger Saudi Arabia, which strongly opposes the resolution, says several sources. CNN reported earlier this month that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, “threw a fitting” when presented with an early draft document, leading to a delay and further discussions between Western Allies on the issue.
Sources say United States concerns shared by other nations ̵
1; including the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, both supporting Saudi Arabia in the conflict – are in line with the real possibility of voting through the Security Council resolution, Saudi Arabia or Houthis, or both will not appear for hoped calls that are expected to happen next month in Stockholm.
The latest delay comes one week after President Donald Trump stated that he will not take strong action against Saudi Arabia or the crown prince for the murder and fragmentation of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Defense Minister James Mattis and Prime Minister Mike Pompeo will shorten legislators about Khashoggi death on Wednesday.
The slow-moving move could increase tensions with legislators from both parties who have expressed deep reservations about US support for the war in Yemen and would like to censor Saudi Arabia for what its officials acknowledge was a preventive murder.
And it will continue to burn questions about Trump’s unusual reference to the kingdom.
The draft resolution, prepared by the United Kingdom, and obtained by CNN, is already seen by human rights groups that are disappointingly watered. It only requires a ceasefire in Hodeidah, the most important Red Sea sport, of which about 80% of humanitarian aid flows.
The resolution is not at all critical of Saudi Arabia, and actually complements Saudi Arabian acts. It is only critical for the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran and fought with Saudi-led coalition forces while maintaining control over the capital Sanaa.
Mattis said last Wednesday that peace talks would take place in Sweden, even as experts warned that there is no guarantee Saudi Arabia will take the necessary steps to make it happen.
Although the resolution in its current form is far from being hard on saudis, sources with awareness of the CNN talk say that Saudi Arabia even calls for a ceasefire and calls for more humanitarian aid as an indirect criticism of the kingdom and its four-year intervention in Yemen.
“Saudis is very sensitive – ultra, extremely sensitive – for international perceptions,” told a source for CNN. “They hate criticism. And the Crown Prince gives a whole new level of paranoia about this.”
The situation in Yemen is now seen as the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet, with around 13 million Yemen risking starving to death, according to the UN and human rights groups.
On Wednesday, five human rights groups issued an unusually strong statement saying that the United States would bear shared responsibility for what could be the biggest famine for decades if it did not stop the support of the Saudi led coalition.
Save the children Wednesday that an estimated 85,000 children under 5 years may have died from extreme hunger or disease since the war began.
But one source says that no human rights or responsibility language should be expected in the UN resolution as it would be “unwelcome to the coalition” to fight Houthis.
The source told CNN that the authors of the draft resolution know that it is unbalanced in its criticisms only by Houthis but “we face a very stubborn set of allies. When you see this resolution is not critical of Saudi, it’s part of it because if they feel that the whole world is against them, they continue this war. “
The conflict, which began in 2015 as a civil war after a strongman leader suffered, gathered power when Saudi Arabia and allies entered the battle to counteract what they saw as Iranian influence. The Gulf coalition received logistical and intelligence support from the United States, Britain and France, who have also sold weapons to Saudi Arabia.
After nearly four years, the war has killed about 57,000 people under the armed conflict site and the event Data Project, a crisis mapping project.
CNN’s Nicole Gaouette contributed to this report.