UN envoy: problems delay Yemeni talks until yearend

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2018-11-08 | Since 2 Week

Marin Griffith

اضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية

The UN envoy to Yemen admitted on Thursday that key problems would delay start of peace talks between parties of conflict in Yemen till the end of this year.

At interview with the US Hora Channel, Marin Griffith stated that there are key difficulties that should be solved before officially convening parties into negotiations. He added that he would first meet with Yemeni President Hadi, and he wished to handle the invitation before the end of this year.

In order for talks to start, he said, he is working on two matters; making sure that measures for building confidence can be discussed by both sides, and at talks "we want to see framework for potential solution for this conflict, to get then into the point."

The Washington recent call for ending war in Yemen was of great help, he added, as it allowed for focusing on need for such talks.

Yemen has been racked by armed conflict which broke out after the Iran-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government in late 2014.

The UN envoy to Yemen confirmed on 31 October that he is still committed to bring together all parties warring in Yemen on negotiation table within one month and that dialogue, but not military actions, is the only way for comprehensive agreement.

While Mr. Griffith insisted, in his Thursday talks, on political solution as the only way out of Yemeni crisis, he unveiled that discussions could be commenced late this year.

He said that both parties in Yemeni war willing to conduct talks, but there is a need to guarantee security for delegation coming from Sana'a, namely Houthi representatives who did not attend Geneva talks scheduled on last September for security conditions.

"What we need is to discuss with fighting parties to lessen escalation," he said. "We anxiously observe situation in Hodeida and do not want to get into inclusive attack and battles. I am convinced that there should not be preconditions for dialogue. We certainly want ceasefire, but even without ceasefire we need to talk."

Mr. Griffith stated that his office tries to arrange for donor conference to support and enable CBY to pay wages for civil servants all around the country, and this would be core contribution to humanitarian aid.

Washington, represented by its secretaries of defense and state, called on 31st of last October for stop of war in Yemen and involvement into negotiations by the end of this November.

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, on Friday called for immediate halt to conflict in Yemen to pull the country back from a "precipice" and build momentum towards talks on ending the war.

Battles flared recently around the western port city of Hodeida, where Yemeni joint forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition apparently seek to take control of the strategic harbor from the Iran-backed Houthi Group.

The internationally recognized Yemeni government and the coalition are accusing the Houthis of using Hodeida seaport to smuggle Iranian weapons including ballistic missiles, hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid and threaten international navigation.

The coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015, and has left nearly 11,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured, 3 million displaced and made other thousands to flee the country.

Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, as more than 22 million people (more than two thirds of the population) are in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.


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