UN says envoy to Yemen seeks ceasefire in hard conditions

New York (Debriefer)
2020-04-23 | Since 4 Month

Martin Griffiths

Special Envoy Martin Griffiths works in hard conditions to make Yemeni parties agree to a broad, sustainable ceasefire in a country plagued by a 5-year war.

The UN is aware of the persistent violence in Yemen, UN spokesman said at a video-based press conference on Wednesday, as the special envoy "is trying to make parties agree to a wide-ranging, sustainable ceasefire."

It is clear that the envoy's discussions are being held in hard conditions. Griffiths was very clear in his goal when he briefed the UN Security Council on this regard, Stephane Dujarric added.

Last Thursday, the UN envoy told the UNSC that he doubled his efforts to bridge the gap of ongoing disputes between rivals, despite what he saw as a good opportunity to make peace in Yemen.

With military escalation continuing throughout the last three months, and the threat posed by COVID-19 outbreak to increase Yemenis' suffering, this is the best time for parties to commit themselves to silencing the arms, end the conflict and reach a political solution, Griffiths told the UNSC members.


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