Reacting to the announcement by the UK foreign secretary of £2.5 million extra funding for the UN’s civilian co-ordinator’s office for Yemen, Emma Fanning, Oxfam’s Head of Humanitarian Policy said:
“Jeremy Hunt’s personal efforts to support the peace process in Yemen should be commended. The new funding announced to help maintain the cease fire in Hudaydah is a welcome effort to ensure that progress made towards ending the conflict is not squandered.
“The people of Yemen are struggling to survive one of the world’s gravest humanitarian crises but peace will only be a real possibility in Yemen when a nationwide ceasefire is agreed and observed by all parties.
“The UK government needs to end its contradictory approach to Yemen and back up its efforts at peace building by ending its sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, which are helping to fuel the conflict.”