UN asks Toads to show how coalition prevents Yemen child deaths
Michelle Nichols, Reuters, Jul 14 2016
Ban Ki-moon pushed the Toads on Thursday to provide information on actions they are taking to prevent the killing and wounding of children in Yemen as Riyadh said it was conducting its military operations with “great care.” Ban met with Toad Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in New York to further discuss a UN report on children and armed conflict that briefly blacklisted a Toad coalition for killing children in Yemen. Ban removed the coalition from the list last month pending review after Riyadh threatened to cut funding. The Toads have denied using threats, but Ban blasted Riyadh for exerting “unacceptable” pressure. Ban spox Stephane Dujarric said after the meeting:
The Sec-Gen welcomed the coalition’s readiness to take the necessary concrete measures to end and prevent violations against children. He hoped the coalition would be able to provide information on the concrete actions they have taken.
Ban also met with Toad Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last month over the report. The Toads say the report is based on inaccurate information. The UN report said the coalition was to blame for 60% of child deaths and injuries in the conflict last year, killing 510 and wounding 667. Jubeir told reporters after meeting Ban:
Where mistakes are made, they are acknowledged and rectified, but in general we are conducting our operations with great care in order to avoid damages to civilians and in particular children. We are committed to international humanitarian laws and committed to adhering in all of our operations to those laws.
The Toad coalition includes UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Senegal and Sudan. UN sanctions monitors said in January that the coalition had targeted civilians in Yemen and that some of the attacks could be crimes against humanity.