Yemeni govt.: UN envoy excludes media from talks

Stockholm (Debriefer)
2018-12-06 | Since 1 Week

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The internationally recognized Yemeni government on Thursday accused the UN envoy for Yemen of denying its media presence at peace talks in Sweden, and siding with Houthis by escorting their media to the event that started on Thursday.

Hadi information minister stated that Griffiths' office turned down an official request from his ministry to allow their media to take part in covering the talks, "in the pretext of preventing overstaff in the legitimate government's delegation" consisting of 17.

"We, through the participating delegation, addressed the envoy's office asking them permission for official media, Saba and a set of prominent journalists to cover the negotiations held in Stockholm between legitimate government and the Iran-based Houthi militia," Minister al-Iryani tweeted.

"To our surprise, the Houthi delegation arrived in Sweden, with its members more than 42 including reporters," he added calling upon the envoy's office to make right "the frank partiality with Houthis in contradiction to references of political solution for Yemeni crisis."

No reply or statement has been issued by Griffiths' office to comment on the government's accusations.

Yemeni peace talks kicked off on Thursday in the Swedish capital Stockholm, with the presence of delegations of both the internationally recognized Yemeni government and Houthi Group.

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

The UN envoy stated at talks opening that conflict in Yemen is solvable, if there is political will, with great international effort in place to end the nearly 4-year war in the impoverished country.

"No doubt that Yemen's future is at hand of participants in consultations," Griffiths added hoping that talks will lead to concrete progress for the interest of Yemenis and alleviation of their sufferings.

The conflict pushed the contrary to what the UN tagged as the "world's worst humanitarian crisis, and left hundreds of thousands killed or injured.


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