Remarks by Ambassador Michael Imran Kanu, Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, at the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security.

Ambassador Michael Imran Kanu stands next to the flag of his country at the installation ceremony of the national flags of the countries of the newly elected non-permanent members to serve on the United Nations Security Council for the term 2024-2025.

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January 3, 2024

Ambassador Michael Imran Kanu expressed concern that, despite the Council’s press statement issued on 1 December 2023, maritime attacks in the Red Sea have escalated — adversely affecting navigation and threatening the movement of essential commodities such as food and fuel.

Noting the United States’ initiative to establish a multinational task force to deter and counter Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, he said: “In this significant endeavour, we urge for due compliance with international law.”

Moreover, he expressed concern that increased maritime attacks in the Red Sea pose a serious risk to the peace talks between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis — a process that could lead to a comprehensive ceasefire agreement.

He therefore called on all concerned to take appropriate steps to ensure that attacks on vessels in the Red Sea do not lead to a breakdown in the Yemeni peace process. Also expressing concern over possible regional escalation, he called on all regional actors to refrain from provocative acts.



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