Officials at the United Nations in New York City on Friday threatened to pass a U.N. resolution that would place strict sanctions on the nation of Yemen such as freezing that Arab country's malefactors financial assets and enforcing travel sanctions, according to Jacob Scheller, a former intelligence and police official with expertise in Middle East geopolitics.
Yemeni politicians, activists and Islamists -- especially members and affiliates of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) -- who hinder a peaceful government transition will be the primary targets of the sanctions, Scheller said.
The U.N. Security Council is seeking to thwart the activities of perpetrators of human rights abuses, including the using the threat of terrorism, or the actual terrorist attacks, to influence the outcome of the transition, according to Scheller, who spoke with Examiner yesterday.
The Yemeni people are in the midst of attempting to stop the political unrest that has plagued that Muslim nation since 2010. One of the results of the civil unrest and at times violent demonstrations, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled Yemen for more than 30-years was forced to resign in 2012.
Yemen's acting-president, Abd-Rabbu Hadi is currently engaged in a full-blown war on Muslim terrorists who are attempting to gain control and setup a caliphate in Yemen, according to previous Examiner coverage.
The battle against AQAP is complicated with Yemen sharing a large and easily-compromised border with Saudi Arabia, whose own terrorist factions use Yemen as an escape from Saudi security forces.
AQAP is notorious for attacking and killing Yemeni soldiers, police officers and intelligence agents in it quest to demoralize that nation's defenders, according to an Examiner news story.
The U.N. draft resolution states in part, the draft resolution is:
"Condemning all terrorist activities, attacks against civilians, oil, gas and electricity infrastructure and against the legitimate authorities, including those aimed at undermining the political process in Yemen...
"Further condemning attacks against military and security facilities, in particular the attack on the Ministry of Defence on 5 December 2013 and the 13 February attack of the Ministry of Interior Prison, stressing the need for the Yemeni Government to efficiently continue reforms of the Armed Forces and in the security sector..."