Griffiths briefs UNSC, underrates ceasefire breach consequences

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2019-01-09 | Since 6 Day

The UN Security Council follows Griffiths' briefing on Yemen

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The UN envoy for Yemen on Wednesday underestimated consequences of violations against Hodeida ceasefire deal inked by warring parties at peace talks in Sweden last December.

At his briefing to the Security Council, Martin Griffiths stated that the Yemeni official government and Houthi rebels had largely complied with Hodeida ceasefire deal, which came into effect on the 13th of last December, noting that hostilities had mostly decreased since then.

Some violence unfortunately took place, he said, including in Hodeida City and southern areas of the governorate, but it is limited in comparison with that seen in weeks prior to Stockholm talks. Relative calm indicates the tangible benefit yielded from Stockholm Agreement to Yemeni people, and parties commitment to the deal.

Speaking to the 15-member Security Council by video from the Jordanian capital of Amman, the UN envoy hailed activating the Redeployment Coordination Committee as a significant step, urging two parties to keep regularly and willingly involved with RCC head General Patrick Cammaert and his team, in order for security arrangements to be accelerated and humanitarian aid passage improved.

Despite difficulties faced by the team, Griffiths said noticeable progress had been achieved in applying Stockholm deal, but he stressed on swift implementation of all what had been agreed upon as there still much to do in order for warring parties in Yemen reach comprehensive peace.

"We should not lose current momentum to push political process forward," he urged noting that the UN Resolution 2451 allowed for the deployment of the Cammaert-led advance team tasked with monitoring redeployment by both parties to Yemen conflict.

Griffiths claimed that rapid deployment had sent clear message to parties and Yemeni people that the international community was willing to realize Stockholm Agreement on the ground.

He talked about Cammaert meetings with RCC representatives from both sides to observe Hodeida ceasefire, adding that the Dutch general is currently working with two parties in further detailing redeployment steps, providing security in the city and opening humanitarian access passages as agreed in Sweden.

As for the southwestern city of Taiz, he said warring parties had named members of joint committee tasked with applying provisions stated in Stockholm pact concerning the city.

The committee is expected to hold its first meeting soon, Griffiths confirmed, underscoring the need for enhanced humanitarian aid inflow into the besieged city to reduce deteriorating crisis.

The UN envoy stated that his office and the International Committee of Red Cross were continually working with two parties to put the prison swap deal into effect, noting that the committee tasked with observing the swap would convene next week in Amman.

He said he intends to work with two parties to reach accords on backing the Central Bank of Yemen and reopening Sana'a airport, which he said would be significant contribution to alleviating human sufferings in Yemen.

Griffiths' briefing comes after his trip to Sana'a and Riyadh, where he held meetings with Yemeni rivals.

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 conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

The war has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population 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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