UN says to expand role in south Yemen

The UN is in the process of expanding its role in southern Yemen, UN humanitarian co-ordinator Jamie McGoldrick said in Aden on Thursday (September 14th), AFP reported.

"We are bringing in more internationals to be based here and also to go to the provinces to support the humanitarian needs in those places," McGoldrick said.

The co-ordinator said he met Yemen's prime minister to discuss the humanitarian situation and logistics during his visit to the city.

Yemen's internationally recognised government declared Aden its capital in mid-2015, after being driven out of Sanaa by the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah).

"We expressed the need for the ministries here and elsewhere to be functioning properly, for budgets to be given to them so they can do their work," McGoldrick said.

"The UN and international community cannot replace these ministries. We are only here for the emergency side of things," he said, highlighting the country's cholera epidemic and food security.

The government last year moved the central bank from Sanaa to Aden, a move the UN said caused more than one million public sector employees to stop receiving their salaries.

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