UN Undersecretary Discusses Griffiths Crisis with Yemen's "Legitimacy"

New York (Debriefer)
2019-06-08 | Since 3 Month

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary A. DiCarlo will travel to the Saudi capital Riyadh mid-week to discuss the situation in Yemen following the sharp criticism of the UN envoy by Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

During her visit to Riyadh on Monday and Tuesday, DiCarlo will meet with "Saudi and Yemeni officials to discuss regional peace and security issues, including the situation in Yemen," the UN said.Earlier on Friday, informed sources said

that the UN Secretary-General of the United Nations next week will send his Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, to Riyadh to meet Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and officials of the internationally recognized government of Yemen on the subject of dealing with the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.

DiCarlo's visit to Riyadh comes after the internationally recognized government of Yemen called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to attend personally or delegate him to discuss what he called the excesses of his special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths when implementing the redeployment agreement from ports and the city of Hodeida in western Yemen.

On 14 May, the United Nations said Houthi group had withdrawn from Hodeida, Salif and Ras Isa ports,in application of the UN-brokered Stockholm peace deal that made breakthrough in UN efforts to end warin Yemen.

The move raised wrath of the Yemeni government that dubbed Houthi withdrawal as farce.

Late last May, Yemeni President sent an official letter to Guterres talking about unprecedented, unacceptable desecrations committed by Griffiths, whom the Yemeni government accused of siding with Houthis following his latest briefing to the UNSC.

President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi asked the UN chief for sufficient guarantees that those violations would be reviewed and not repeated, accusing the UN envoy of seeking to "provide guarantees for Houthi militias to stay in Hodeida under UN umbrella."

But the UN SC implicitly rejected Hadi request, saying his organization acts as neutral mediator and has no intention to establish international management in Hodeida.

In a letter to Hadi, Guterres added that he and his envoy Martin Griffiths "take seriously the legitimate concerns" raised by the government.

Yemen has been battered by a five-year armed conflict between the internationally recognised government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The Houthis have been controlling the capital Sanaa and large parts of most densely populated northern, middle and western regions since they ousted the government in late 2014.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.

And there are nearly 2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, the UN said.



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