Last chance Briefing to the Security Council. What will Griffiths say? Will he continue to market the illusion?

Last chance Briefing to the Security Council. What will Griffiths say? Will he continue to market the illusion?


On Thursday, the UN Security Council will hold a special session on Yemen, during which it will hear the briefing of The Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.

The UN envoy, through his Office's Twitter and Facebook account, called for watching the live broadcast to the Security Council tomorrow, July 18, at 10:00 a.m.

The Security Council session comes hours after the UN envoy made brief visits to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and Houthi-controlled Sana'a.

Griffiths expressed his gratitude to the president and his government "for their commitment to the Stockholm Agreement," adding on his Office's Twitter account of his first meeting with President Hadi since the government boycotted it in the past three months, "and I appreciate his personal support for finding a political solution to the conflict in Yemen."

Griffiths said that during his visit on Monday to Riyadh, he discussed with Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman to spare Yemen regional tensions, referring to the escalating crisis between Washington and its Gulf allies, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the main supporter of the Houthis in Yemen.

The UN envoy did not mention his visit to Sanaa on Tuesday, and the results of his meeting with Houthi leaders, nor did the UN news site mention the visit.

However, the Houthi group announced that Griffiths had met with its leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi.

The head of the Houthi delegation in the negotiations and the group's spokesman, Mohammed Abdul Salam, said that Griffiths met with Abdul Malik al-Houthi, on Tuesday, and stressed the latter to stop the war and open Sanaa airport, and renewed the group's readiness for peace. According to Houthis Al-Masirah channel.

Abdul Salam explained that the meeting discussed the need to speed up the completion of the file of prisoners, and mentioned the positions and initiatives of the group in line with the consultations of Sweden, referring to the unilateral redeployment carried out by the Houthis in the ports of Hodeida in mid-May, and blessed by the United Nations, which caused the government boycotted Griffiths, and the President filed a complaint with the Secretary-General accusing his envoy of siding with the Houthis, attempting to legitimize their presence in Hodeidah, and passing their meagre play in the ports.

According to a spokesman for his group, Abdul Malik al-Houthi accused the government of being slow to implement the Hodeidah accord and holding it fully responsible for military breaches, procrastination and the continued siege of the Al-Drihmi area, as he said.

A formal achievement

Griffiths' briefing to the Security Council also follows the failure of the Meetings of the Joint Redeployment Committee to reach agreements on the important issues, including the correction of the redeployment from ports and the achievement of tripartite control, the identity of the security forces and the coast guard, and port revenues. and local authority.

Over the course of Sunday and Monday, the Committee held its meetings, on board a United Nations ship in the Red Sea, headed by Lt. Gen. Michael Lolisgaard, in the presence of government representatives and Houthis who arrived hours late.

According to the Al-Masdar online reporter, the commission referred the redeployment, verification, security and local authorities and revenues files to UN envoy Martin Griffiths for decision and agreement with the government leadership and the Houthis.

The United Nations said that the Joint Commission has reached agreement on a new mechanism to monitor the cease-fire, reduce tension and escalation, and verify the commitment of the parties to calm down through joint committees, but the implementation of the mechanism is a challenge in itself, as the escalation of operations and confrontations in Hodeidah has reached stages were the parties have been carrying out attacks, counter-attacks and mutual shelling, which have left people dead and wounded over the past two weeks, and are still going despite passing of two days after the adoption of the new mechanism.

The joint committee meeting on Hodeidah will be presented as a success, although no progress has been made at the meeting, said author and political analyst Dr. Mohamed Jumaieh.

"Martin Griffiths will say in his next report to the UN Security Council that he has succeeded in convening the Hodeidah Redeployment Committee on the Sea Ship, while the meeting is not a success to mention in Griffiths' briefing to the Council," Jumaieh said in a tweet.

He explained that Griffiths "every time, just before the Council, he is keen to present the meeting to the Council as an achievement even there is no progress made. ".

Referring to the content of Griffith's briefing tomorrow to the Security Council, he added in a tweet, "Unless he mentions the death sentences issued by the Houthis, their imposition of forced recruitment, and their attack on the Tahita in violation of the agreement, Griffiths did not change his position on Houthi side."

Last chance.

After the crisis of the government boycott of Griffiths, President Hadi, contrary to expectations, gave the UN envoy one last chance to correct his course of action, correct the redeployment process and implement the Sweden Agreement in accordance with the three terms of reference.

In exchange for the last chance, the government required personal guarantees from the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez, and presented the latter orally through his undersecretary for political affairs, who met with President Hadi on June 10th.

The fate of the Stockholm agreement depends on the brief of the UN envoy to the Security Council tomorrow, but the fate of the man and his mission, also depends on the content of his briefing and the extent of his commitment to mentioning the developments, devoid of courtesy and bias that he has shown more than once in favor of the Houthis, according to the Yemeni government.

"The ball will be in the court of the government that the envoy needs today more than it needs," says Dr. Jumaieh, noting the importance of what the Griffiths briefing will include, and what to do if he continues to compliment the Houthis.

The Houthi militias, fearing a change in attitude against it by Griffiths’ upcoming briefing unlike his previous briefing in May, which included a tribute to the group and consideration of its commitment to the Swedish agreement.

Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi tweeted that "The aggression and its mercenaries deliberately creat confusion before any security council meeting by fabricating secondary issues or accusing Griffiths,".

According to his tweet, the purpose of this is to reach two objectives, the first "to intimidate supporters of the Yemeni oppressed to not talk about crimes of aggression and killing children", and the second "trying to mislead the search for the real issues of the actions of aggression in the making of the worst crisis."

It should be noted that the media reports leaks about the withdrawal of the Yemeni government from the Stockholm Agreement, after its officials came to the conclusion that it is impossible to withdraw militias from ports and Hodeidah peacefully, and this reinforces the changes taking place in the command of military operations in the West Coast, and the formation of a united command  and assigning the head of the government team in the redeployment committee, Saghir Bin Aziz, as commander of the joint operations of the Yemeni armed forces, in addition to the Saudi forces taking over the supervision of the front after the withdrawal of the UAE forces.

The deputy prime minister and former foreign minister, and the adviser to the current president, Abdul Malik Al-Mekhlafi, referred in a press interview to the end of Griffith's mission, his inability to restore the confidence of the legitimate government, stressing the impossibility of applying the Agreement of Sweden on the ground under the provisions of several interpretations, and reinforced this to anticipate the nature of the Houthis and their hardline and war-insisting positions in previous consultations.


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