Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of strengthening international cooperation to address and respond to the suffering of children related to armed conflicts.
This came in the speech of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia delivered by the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UN, Counselor Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Ateeq, before the UN Security Council in its session held under the item “Children and Armed Conflict”.
He explained that the issue of protecting children in armed conflicts represents the importance of creating balanced generations that can build a more stable and prosperous future for countries affected by conflicts.
The international community should deal with children in armed conflicts very carefully in a way that enables the creation of a new reality for these children through which the cycle of violence is broken.
Al-Ateeq said: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes the report of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, specifically the paragraph related to the coalition’s cooperation with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General – despite reservations about the number of incidents attributed to the coalition in it.
The report affirmed the commitment of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen to protect children and the feasibility of important and continuing measures taken to enhance their protection in the conflict in Yemen, according to international references.
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 kidnapping 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 Sports buildings and stadiums to influence their ideas to breed terrorism and spread extremism in preparation for sending them to the fronts.