UN envoy says battles are main spoiler to peace process in Yemen

SANAA (Debriefer)
2018-06-30 | Since 4 Year


 UN Special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said on Friday ongoing battles are the main spoiler to the peace process in the country.

In an interview with the UN News, he said achievements toward the political process have been made through discussions with the warring parties including that a major attack on Hodeidah city or its port has been avoided.

This week, Griffiths met with chief negotiator of the Ansar Allah, Mohammed Abdulsalam, in Muscat after a meeting with internationally recognized president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the temporary capital Aden.

He said the Yemeni parties have agreed to come around the negotiation table and hoped to get them together within the next few weeks.

Another achievement is that the Ansar Allah leadership, the Houthis, has offered to give the United Nations a leading role in managing the port of Hodeidah dependent on a ceasefire from the government, he said, without giving details about the role or when it will start.

"Hodeida is an extraordinary and important issue, but it is not more important than the issue of an overall political solution".

Resolving the issue of Hodeidah is tied up with a restart of political negotiations, he said.

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