U.N. human-rights chief, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan warned the Security Council on Tuesday that the failure to secure peace “would inevitably push the country into an irreversible process of Balkanization, the consequences of which would lie outside of anyone’s control.”
By Balkanization he means the disintegration of Yemen into smaller micro-states as seen after the Yugoslav War in which an independent Serbia-Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia emerged.
“A failed state in Yemen would almost inevitably create safe havens for radical … groups such as the so-called ISIS,” Zeid told the 15-member body.
Saudi aggression in the nine-month old conflict has killed nearly 3000 civilians, displaced 2.5 million internally and left 21 million in need of humanitarian aid, according to U.N. report.
This was to the shock of the United States ambassador to the United Nations
Grim briefing on #Yemen today. Yemen's future on the line: over 700 schools destroyed/damaged; 2x increase in malnourished kids in just 9mo
— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) December 22, 2015