The latest stances of the UN Envoy Martin Griffiths have blocked the political course aimed at making peace and may prolong war in Yemen, said the internationally-recognized government on Monday, hoping that the expected visit by the UN Deputy Secretary-General to Riyadh would correct the envoy's errors and mission course.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General for political affairs is expected to visit Riyadh Monday to discuss with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government officials the situation, following Hadi's criticism against Griffiths.
Official "government has facilitated the work of the UN and its envoy," Spokesman Rajih Badi told the Saudi Asharq Al-Awsat paper.
However, he added, Griffiths' latest positions – in terms of the farce of withdrawal from Hodeida ports, his continuously overlooking the Houthi obduracy and dodging in applying the Stockholm Agreement, and other practices highlighted in President' letter to the UN SG – have hindered the political course."
The visit of Rosemary De-Carlo comes as part of constant coordination between the Yemeni government and the UN, said Badi.
Sources at the government team of negotiators told the Emirati al-Bayan paper on Sunday that the government, following contacts with the UN SG Antonio Guterres, agreed to give Griffiths "last chance".
But his continuation in post as UN envoy depends on the correction of his errors, said the sources, noting that the UN official would be briefed on those mistakes at the 2-day discussions in Riyadh.
Based on response shown in words from the UN SG, the government is expected to see practical response, according to the sources.
Last May, the Yemeni President sent an official letter to Guterres talking about unprecedented, unacceptable desecrations committed by Griffiths, but the UN chief replied that he trusted his envoy to Yemen.
Later, the Yemeni government has sent a letter to the Secretary-General calling him to come in person or send a representative for discussing the mistakes committed by Griffiths.
Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.
The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.
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 war in Yemen.