Griffiths expresses hope for the start of international observers mission in Hodeidah

Griffiths expresses hope for the start of international observers mission in Hodeidah

UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths expressed the hope that international observers would be able to carry out their mission of monitoring the ceasefire and the withdrawal of the parties to the conflict in the western city of Hodeidah in the next two days.

The United Nations had postponed the implementation of the Sweden agreement in Hodeidah, following the failure of ECOMOG to reach common understandings between the parties.

He said in an interview with the Russian Sputnik agency during his visit to Russia on Friday, and met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Verchinin, that the opportunity is still available to reach a settlement in Yemen.

Griffiths downplayed the delay in the implementation of the terms of the Sweden agreement on the political settlement of the Yemeni crisis, pointing out that this could be normal.

Responding to a question about the Yemeni government accusing Houthis of violating the Swedish agreement, the UN envoy said that "although the timetables of the Sweden agreement have been postponed, the President (Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi )told me himself, and in the presence of Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani, that as a former military accustomed to Cease-fire agreements, and how it can be delayed, was his opinion: Well, we can move forward towards the ideal application (of agreements) by January».

Griffith noted that the proposal to send a limited number of international observers to Yemen specifically concerns the monitoring of the cessation of operations in Hodeidah, and does not include all regions of Yemen.

He explained that the team personnel had already arrived in the city of Hodeidah and had already begun meetings to reach an "operational plan for deployment within a day or two".

"All the parties have shown their commitment, and they continue to confirm this, so we hope that the mission will succeed," he said.

He said that the Al-Anad airbase incident in the southern city of Lahj, which killed a number of military personnel by explosive drone, should not affect the Stockholm agreement between the Yemeni factions.


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