2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for the Republic of Yemen

Naci KORU 08.02.2017

Thank you Excellency and welcome to Geneva.

We very much welcome the launching of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for the Republic of Yemen. It is important for the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Yemen.

Turkey is working in close cooperation with the Yemeni authorities as well as the relevant UN Agencies in order to meet the urgent needs of Yemeni people.

With the outset of the crisis, we took the necessary actions against the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen by providing 50 tons of food to the Yemeni people in need. Turkey also sent 6.6 tons of medical supplies to Djibouti to the benefit of Yemeni refugees.

The second shipment of food packages was dispatched via Djibouti to Yemen in August 2015. Further humanitarian assistance consisting of 6.000 tons of food, medicine and medical supplies was sent to Yemen in February 2016.

With these shipments the total amount of the assistance, Turkey provided to Yemen has reached 8 million USD in the last couple of years.

In addition, we are also making notable investment in the area of development in Yemen. Within this framework, in May 2012 we opened the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, TİKA in Sana. The office is now functional in Aden.

Only in 2014, the amount of the official development aid of TİKA to Yemen reached 2.5 million USD.

As a reminder, I would like to bring to your attention that Turkey had pledged 100 million USD of assistance to Yemen in the “Friends of Yemen Group Meeting” held in New York in 2012.

This year, in close contact with the Yemeni authorities and the relevant authorities in Turkey, we have decided that this pledge would be given as public relief on project basis.

Among these projects are: construction of two field hospitals, one in Aden and the other Taiz; a tugboat and a power generator for the Aden harbor.

These projects were determined upon the request of the Yemeni President Mansour Hadi during his official visit to Turkey in February last year.

We have also accepted to cover the treatment of 300 peoplewho were wounded in the recent clashes that took place in the city of Taiz. Some of these people have already been transferred to the hospitals in Turkey.

Mr. Under Secretary General,

After having summarized our humanitarian assistance program to Yemen, I would like to stress once again our determination to continue extending our helping hand to the Yemeni people, who suffer most from the crisis in their country.

Thank you.

Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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