Humanitarian Situation in Yemen (Statement by Foreign Press Secretary Kawamura)
July 3, 2015
1. On July 1, the United Nations declared Yemen a Level-3 humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale. The Government of Japan is also concerned that many civilians, including internally displaced persons, in Yemen who are placed in a difficult and dangerous situation.
2. The Government of Japan is concerned that despite various efforts by the international community including the United Nations, a cease-fire agreement has not been realized yet, and that fighting in Yemen has intensified, leading to the disruption of import/distribution of food and fuel.
3. The Government of Japan supports the call by the Secretary-General of the United Nations for an immediate cessation of hostilities during the holy month of Ramadan. In relation, the Government of Japan has provided food aid amounting to approximately 15.5 million USD to Yemen through the World Food Programme (WFP) since last October, and in response to the further deterioration of the humanitarian situation, provided an emergency grant aid amounting to 2.4 million USD to the Yemeni refugees in neighboring countries and internally displaced persons in Yemen this May. Japan has an intention to continue its assistance in future, But the Government of Japan requests all the parties to ensure access to Yemen of the humanitarian aid workers.