Trump's Veto Of Bill To End US Involvement In Yemen Undermines Peace Efforts - NGO

Trump's Veto of Bill to End US Involvement in Yemen Undermines Peace Efforts - NGO

The veto of a bill that would end US support for the Saudi coalition's war in Yemen by US President Donald Trump undermines efforts to reach a compromise on the resolution of Yemen's conflict, Dr. Joseph Gerson, vice-president at the International Peace Bureau, told Sputnik on Wednesday

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) The veto of a bill that would end US support for the Saudi coalition's war in Yemen by US President Donald Trump undermines efforts to reach a compromise on the resolution of Yemen's conflict, Dr. Joseph Gerson, vice-president at the International Peace Bureau, told Sputnik on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Trump sent a letter to the US Senate in which he rejected a measure passed by Congress to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. In the letter Trump termed the resolution "unnecessary" as well as "dangerous," claiming that it would interfere with his constitutional authority.

"Trump's veto undercuts diplomatic efforts to reach a compromise resolution of Yemen's civil war," Gerson said.

Gerson added that the veto would also mean that the protracted conflict would continue to negatively affect Yemen's civilian population.

"It means that the killing and destabilization will continue at enormous cost to the people of Yemen who are already suffering terribly from the bombings and war-related famine and disease," Gerson said.

The resolution was passed by the US House of Representatives on April 5 by a 247-175 vote, after it was approved by the Senate by a 54-46 vote in March.

Yemen has been engulfed in a violent conflict between the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement. The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request since March 2015.

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