Yemen’s Minister of Tourism, Ahmed al-Hassan al-Amir has warned of the seriousness of the practices and violations committed by the the forces of aggression and the US-Saudi-Emirati occupation in the Socotra archipelago.
According to Saba News Agency, the Minister of Tourism explained on Wednesday that what the Saudi-Emirati occupation forces are doing in the Socotra archipelago, by building military bases and recruiting and grouping mercenaries from different countries of the world, is “a flagrant violation of the security and sovereignty of Yemen, as well as of international covenants and laws.”
Al-Amir pointed to the danger of the Saudi-Emirati occupation forces grouping tourist groups without any legal status and in large numbers, to exploit the archipelago’s capabilities and threaten its ecosystem.
The Minister of Tourism called on the people of the Socotra archipelago to confront these violations that seek to deprive Socotra of its importance as one of the most prominent biodiversity and environmental sites in the world, registered on the list of UNESCO.
He held the countries of aggression and occupation, as well as the United Nations and its organisations concerned with protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity, fully responsible for the consequences of these practices and the serious violations that are threatening the ecosystem in the Socotra Archipelago.
Minister al-Amir pointed out that the complicity of the United Nations and the silence of the international community on the crimes and violations committed by the US-Saudi-Emirati coalition, will “remain a disgrace in the history of these entities.”
The Minister of Tourism referred to the aggravated humanitarian situation and the deterioration of the biodiversity in Yemen as a whole, as a result of the aggression coalition’s use of internationally banned weaponry.
Al-Amir called for mobilisation efforts to take serious and effective steps in order to protect the environment.
He stressed the importance of involving local communities and civil society organisations in protecting the environment and halting these destructive violations.