Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (9 October) on the situation in Yemen:
“We condemn the attack on a funeral gathering in Sana’a yesterday afternoon, during which possibly more than 100 people were killed and more than 500 injured. We are deeply appalled by the military escalation of the last few weeks, especially the high number of civilian victims in this conflict.
Reports on violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in the military hostilities in Yemen have assumed alarming proportions. We therefore welcome the decision by the UN Human Rights Council to now enable the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to carry out independent investigations into such incidents.
Germany supports the ongoing efforts of the UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to persuade the parties to the conflict to agree on a ceasefire. Only a return to the negotiating table can bring about a solution in Yemen.”