Singapore supports UN's call for peace talks on Yemen crisis

SINGAPORE - Singapore supports the United Nation's call to resolve the Yemen crisis through negotiations, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Friday.

"Singapore welcomes and supports the call by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on 9 April 2015 for all parties to the conflict in Yemen to return to political negotiations and adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians," said the spokesman, in response to media queries on the deteriorating situation in Yemen.

MFA remains deeply concerned for the safety of Singaporeans in Yemen, especially those who have not yet decided to leave despite its repeated calls for them to do so, the spokesman said, adding that MFA will continue to remain in close contact with them.

MFA has been making arrangements, in some cases in close collaboration with other foreign governments, to facilitate the departure of Singaporeans, according to the spokesman.

"We will continue to do so. However, how long we can carry on will depend on the ground conditions, which are unpredictable and rapidly deteriorating," the spokesman said.

Singaporeans in Yemen who have yet to contact us or require assistance are urged to contact the MFA Duty Officer (24-hours) at: 6379 8800 / 8855 or mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg for advice and assistance.