Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, after the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2140 on Yemen, February 26, 2014

Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
New York, NY
February 26, 2014


Thank you. Three years ago, peaceful protesters thronged the streets of Sana’a seeking to fulfill their aspirations for a more open, democratic government. On Yemen, this Security Council has been able to consistently speak with a strong, clear voice. Together, we have welcomed efforts by President Hadi and the people of Yemen to implement meaningful reform, and we stand firmly committed to supporting Yemen throughout the transition process.

We underscore our continuing support for the leadership of President Hadi and reform-minded leaders within government and civil society. We recognize their significant contributions in forging consensus during a challenging period. And we encourage the Yemeni government and all Yemeni stakeholders to continue moving ahead with the political transition according to the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and Implementation Mechanism.

The Council has been assertive in supporting Yemen throughout its transition. With resolution 2014, we sent a clear signal of international support for an orderly political transition on the basis of the GCC initiative, which led to a peaceful change of leadership. In resolution 2051, we supported the full and timely implementation of that initiative, and also called for a fully-inclusive, participatory, and transparent National Dialogue Conference. In a Presidential Statement last year, the Council warned potential spoilers not to stand in the way of the progress, helping to enable the necessary conditions for the launching of a successful conference.

And today, we welcome the unanimous adoption of this new resolution on Yemen, which welcomes and celebrates the conclusion of Yemen’s historic National Dialogue Conference. This resolution underscores the importance of turning the page on Saleh’s presidency to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people, including guarantees for the representation of women in government.

The Council has made clear that we remain firmly committed to supporting Yemen as it implements subsequent steps in the transition process, including constitutional reform and national elections. With today’s resolution, the Council has taken the forward-leaning step of setting up a committee that is prepared to sanction individuals for impeding the ongoing transition in Yemen. With the establishment of this mechanism, the Council is better equipped to respond in a timely manner to those who seek to derail progress for the Yemeni people.

Thank you.

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PRN: 2014/030