The Kingdom stresses the importance of strengthening international cooperation to respond to the suffering of children in armed conflict

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of strengthening international cooperation to address and respond to the suffering of children related to armed conflict and to see more children in classrooms where they should be.

This is what emerges in the speech of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia delivered by the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Councilor Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Ateeq, before the UN Security Council today in its session held under the point “Children and armed conflict”.

At the beginning of the speech, Al Ateeq congratulated Brazil for taking over the presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of July, underlining the support of the Kingdom delegation for the tireless efforts of the Brazilian delegation in managing the work of the Advise.

He said that the issue of protecting children in armed conflict represents the importance of creating balanced generations in able to build a more stable and prosperous future for conflict-affected countries, as the international community should treat children in armed conflict very carefully in a way that allows the creation of a new reality for these children through which the cycle of violence is interrupted, addressing the negative effects on children and addressing any precursors that may lead to the creation of an environment that fosters extremism and violence.

He pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that the protection of children in armed conflicts in the whole world is a shared responsibility of all parts of the international community and calls for collective confrontation and concerted efforts to address their repercussions and address their causenoting that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined many international frameworks that strengthen it.

Al-Ateeq said: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes the report of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, in particular the paragraph concerning the coalition’s cooperation with the Special Representative of the Secretary General, despite the reservations about the number of incidents attributed to the coalition in it – where the report affirmed the commitment of the Coalition to Support Legittimacy in Yemen to protect children and the feasibility of important and ongoing measures that take it to improve their protection in the conflict in Yemen, according to international references.

He added: It is a reflection of the coalition’s ability to provide a model for international coalitions in protecting children in armed conflict.

In this regard, he reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the mandate of the Secretary General’s Representative for Children and Armed Conflicts, Virginia Gamba, and her positive role in protecting children internationally, expressing the Kingdom’s aspiration to continue cooperation. between it and the coalition to develop mechanisms to protect children associated with armed conflicts in Yemen.

Al-Ateeq went on to say: The report showed an increase in the number of violations committed by the Houthi militia against these children, whether by recruiting, killing, maiming or abducting children, compared to the previous year’s report, and the Houthi militia continues to practice. the most heinous crimes against children in Yemen, violating their rights and even mobilizing them Palaces and sports stadiums with the aim of influencing their ideas to fuel terrorism and spread extremism in preparation to send them to the front.

He drew attention to the need for any present or future positive signals in the Houthi terrorist militia report to be accompanied by the militia’s implementation, real commitment and positive development on the ground towards the children of Yemen, like all prove previous experiences and experiences with the Houthis have repeatedly shown this militia’s lack of seriousness. Violation of all agreements and covenants.