Griffith: Joint implementation of the two phases can be initiated as soon as the outstanding problems are resolved

Griffith: Joint implementation of the two phases can be initiated as soon as the outstanding problems are resolved


The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, described the military situation in the city of Hodeidah as "complex and fragile, which is reflected on its population", expressing "deep concern for the continued violence and civilian casualties."

The briefing, which was presented to the UN Security Council by a television service, was held at its meeting on Monday.

Griffith said the parties to the conflict have kept the violence down for about six months from the signing of the Sweden agreement, despite the delay in implementing the agreement, which he said was "caused by frustration and challenges.".

"We can begin joint implementation of the Agreement on phases I and II once the outstanding problems are resolved, allowing the parties to verify all elements of the redeployment of troops and those that have already been implemented," he said without elaborating.

"I am frustrated by the lack of progress in the exchange of prisoners and detainees, and I call on the parties to implement what they have agreed to in the interest of peace and for the benefit of thousands of Yemeni families."

"Implementing the Stockholm Accord is not enough for the Yemeni people who want to see an improvement on the ground," Griffith said, "the commitment of the United Nations to pursue a neutral and inclusive political process in Yemen, with full respect for the country's sovereignty."

"I am concerned about the attacks by the Houthis on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport and regional tensions," the UN envoy said, adding that it was "a huge threat to the United Nations-led political process."

"Moving forward with the economic part of the Hodeidah agreement will make it possible to secure salaries and benefit the residents of the province," Griffith said, explaining that "we are continuing our discussions with the Yemeni government on the implementation of the Hodeidah agreement, especially the economic part of it."

"We must renew their commitment to the agreement of Sweden and the sovereignty of Yemen," Griffith said, noting that "we hope that the Swedish agreement will be implemented in a way that allows the two sides to cooperate to alleviate the suffering of the population."

Calling for a meeting of the Joint Committee on Taiz and consensus on economic aspects, which makes the payment of salaries to public sector employees possible, making the implementation of the prisoner exchange agreement a priority and demonstrating the necessary flexibility to achieve this.

The UN envoy concluded by stressing that ending the conflict in Yemen can only be achieved through a comprehensive political solution. He said the chances of settlement remain, expressing his confidence in the parties ' ability to reach a comprehensive peace settlement with the support of the UN Security Council to end the conflict in Yemen.


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