Freedom of navigation is of utmost importance to us

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution calling for an end to multiple attacks by Houthis in the Red Sea. The resolution condemns in the strongest terms the Huthi attacks on merchant and commercial ships off the coast of Yemen since November last year. Slovenia voted in favour of the resolution.

As a maritime country with the port of Koper as a vital hub for transfer of goods to Europe, freedom of navigation is of utmost importance to us,” stressed the Slovenian representative to the UN Security Council Ambassador Samuel Žbogar in his explanation of vote following the adoption of a resolution.

He unequivocally condemned Houthi attacks in one of the global crucial waterways as they “undermine international maritime security, and jeopardize critical flows of food, fuel and humanitarian assistance.”

Ambassador thanked to the US and Japan for their efforts in leading the process.

At the same time, Slovenia believes that certain parts of the resolution could have benefited from further clarification. “In particular, our interpretation of Operative Paragraph 3 provides that any response to attacks in the Red Sea must be in line with international law, in particular international humanitarian and human rights law, and within the strict conditions of the exercise of self-defence,” he emphasized.

The Middle East is facing broader regional crisis, the situation is alarming. Among others, Slovenia reiterates “its continuous call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

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