The UN Security Council on Friday extended a welcome to the decrees issued by Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to reshape the military, and called on all parties in Yemen to "work to ensure their prompt implementation."
In a statement issued to the press here, the Security Council "affirmed that such steps were consistent with the Transition Agreement and Security Council Resolutions 2014 (2011) and 2051 (2012), and supported the goals and objectives of the National Dialogue Conference."
"The members of the Security Council called on all parties in Yemen to support the president's decrees and to work to ensure their prompt implementation," the statement said.
Hadi issued the decrees on Wednesday to end the military grip of rival forces in the upheaval against the former president in 2011.
As a result, General Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the eldest son of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and his relatives were removed from the army and appointed posts in Yemeni diplomatic missions abroad.
Saleh's opponent General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who joined the anti-government protests two years ago, was also dismissed from the northern regional command and named the president's advisor for security and military affairs.
The decrees also put forward military reforms of the divided army by dismantling the rival forces into seven military regions and putting them under unified commands, which was hailed across the country.
"The members of the Security Council reiterated the need for the transitional period in Yemen to be a Yemeni-led process, underpinned by a commitment to democracy, good governance, rule of law, national reconciliation and respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people in Yemen," the statement said.
"The members of the Security Council called upon all parties to honor the timetable and benchmarks set out in the Transition Agreement and for all sides to act in good faith, in a peaceful, transparent, constructive, and reconciliatory manner," the statement said. "The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen."
Hadi's reforms were seen as the most important step in the transition process toward shaping the country's army and putting an end to the prolonged spilt, in response to the people's call for a unified army that serves the nation's unity.
The United Nation's envoy to Yemen, Jamal Ben Omar, a key figure in the Yemeni political transition, lauded Hadi's military shakeup, saying that is the most significant step toward strengthening security and stability in Yemen.
The reforms were announced nearly three weeks after Hadi launched a national reconciliation dialogue to settle disputes among Yemeni political groups, which would pave way for a new constitution and a presidential election in February 2014.
Hadi's decrees were the second of its kind in the process of military reform since he took office earlier last year. He abolished the Republican Guards led by General Ahmed Ali and the First Armored Division led by his rival al-Ahmar in December 2012. Both generals remained in key posts in the army until April 10.
Philippines News agency