Griffiths continues to market the illusion. He asked the Houthis for "humanely" judgments towards the victims and wished the end of the war this year

Griffiths continues to market the illusion. He asked the Houthis for "humanely" judgments towards the victims and wished the end of the war this year

The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, spoke at length about the successes and technical progress in Hodeidah and Taiz, and referred to the death sentences issued by the Houthis, without addressing the issue of prisoners, and pointed out the importance of the withdrawal of the UAE in achieving peace, but warned of a regional war that will drag Yemen and be disastrous.

The UN envoy said in a briefing to the UN Security Council yesterday, "Yemen is close to the front lines of a potential tragedy caused by tensions in the region," stressing that "it is not in Yemen's interest to be dragged into a regional war."

"All parties must stop any actions that would take Yemen in this direction," Griffiths said, adding, "We need to prevent this to ease regional tensions, save lives and give Yemen a chance for peace instead of an expanded war." We have to see a reduction in escalation now if we want to achieve these ambitions."

In his briefing on the results of his trip to Russia, the UAE, Oman and Washington since the beginning of this month, Griffiths noted that "I was honored to meet with ministers and senior officials involved in the Yemen file in many countries and capitals. I felt reassured at every meeting and the collective desire to see progress towards a political solution quickly. The consensus of the international community, of course, reflects the same consensus that we see and cherish in this Council."

"Progress in achieving the objectives of the Stockholm Agreement reached last December is crucial for the political negotiations to end the war and Hodeidah is the most important in this matter, of course," Griffiths said.

Griffiths explained that his efforts and approach are clear and supported by international consensus and that "the implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement and the rapid involvement of the parties in the settlement, which everyone knows the outlines of."

Fruitful meetings

Griffiths referred to his meeting with President Hadi last Monday, the first in three months, following a government boycott over the bias of the UN envoy and his blessing to play a formal withdrawal from the ports of Hodeidah.

"I had the privilege of meeting President Hadi in Riyadh last week and it was an opportunity for me to renew my commitment to the cause we share, which is to return Yemen to peace defined by the resolutions of this Council, including Resolution 2216," he said.

He said he visited Sanaa on Tuesday, which is controlled by the Houthis, and his meetings with the group's leadership, where he was able to "discuss ways to move forward with the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement as well as the political process."

Griffiths did not disclose the content of his discussions with Houthi leaders in his briefing, as he mentioned the details - as usual - on social media and the UN mission's website.

Three facts on ground

Griffiths stressed that he faced a crucial moment in the fate of the war, noting "the realities and opportunities that determine our chances of moving towards peace.

Griffiths, the re-deployment of some coalition forces in parts of Yemen, said he was "reminded of the view that peace will come against the backdrop of promises made in Stockholm that are now being fulfilled." The alliance that redeployment aims to put "peace first at the heart of their efforts to restore peace and stability"."

Siege of Taiz

The UN envoy said he had noted limited progress in opening up the besieged province of Taiz for four years to aid access.

He said: "The first sign of this has been in recent meetings about the possibility of opening a single humanitarian crossing. We will discuss these papers with the Taizz Committee, which was formed in Stockholm, and how we can use it for the benefit of this city, which is more eager for security, peace and stability than anything else."

The lifting of the blockade of Taiz is one of three that was agreed by the parties in the Stockholm consultations, but the committee, which was formed by the parties to the negotiations, has not held any meetings to date, despite eight months of the Conclusion of the Swedish Agreement.

Hodeidah Agreement

Griffiths stressed in his briefing that Hodeidah is a key to the political process and peace in Yemen, referring to the meeting of the Joint Committee for Redeployment chaired by Michael Lolisgaard on Sunday and Monday in a UN ship in the Red Sea.

Griffiths said the meeting of the two parties, the first joint since February, "is an important achievement and an encouraging sign of progress," noting that the parties agreed "on the operational details of all the redeployments referred to in our conversation in Stockholm."

Despite what he considered to be progress, "there is still a major obstacle, namely, agreement on the local security forces in particular, as well as attention to the issue of revenues", and the two dificult issues were controversial in the meetings of the Joint Commission, which the parties referred to Griffiths for decision after consultation with government leaders and the Houthis, according to "Al-Masdar Online" correspondent on Monday.

"These issues will require hard work, flexibility and a conviction - as was the case in the Stockholm Agreement - that any solution is a temporary solution because the most permanent solution lies in the comprehensive agreements to be negotiated between the two parties later," the UN envoy said.

Griffiths pledged to redouble his efforts "with the parties in the coming weeks to reach an agreement to please the parties, “and called on "all parties to muster the political will necessary to achieve this as quickly as possible."

Griffiths praised the efforts of Chief International Observer Lolisgaard, referring to the work of his mission to support the "Hodeidah Agreement under his leadership as a reliable, effective and impartial controller where the mission has contributed significantly to the peace process."

"The progress in Hodeidah will allow the parties to work together both in the trilateral monitoring, in terms of revenue collection or in joint assessments of potential ceasefire violations," Griffiths said.

He expressed the hope that progress in Hodeidah would finally allow for a focus on the political process and I hope to see that before the end of this summer. In fact, as we have noted before, Yemen has no time to waste."

Ignore the exchange agreement

Griffiths called the Houthis' sentences last week to execute 30 prisoners as "challenges", calling on the Houthis to follow due process and ultimately be compassionate in a spirit of humanity, in the appeals court.

The UN envoy did not address the file of abductees and prisoners, one of the humanitarian files contained in the Agreement of Sweden, and President Hadi had accused him in a complaint addressed in late June to the Secretary-General, by ignoring the file of prisoners and detainees, and stressed in his meeting midweek the need to implement the exchange in accordance with the rule of all For all.

Increased fragmentation

"I am concerned that the political and security landscape in Yemen -- both on the front lines and in other regions -- is becoming increasingly fragmented," Griffiths said. As the war continues, there is a high risk that there will be more tensions and that it will be increasingly difficult to reconcile and resolve these tensions as this war continues."

He referred to continuing acts of political and military provocations that would hinder the peace process, claiming that the ceasefire in Hodeidah continues on a large scale, but that the military operations, as we have repeatedly stated, continued on several other front lines as well as on Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia. I am particularly concerned about the ongoing attacks by Ansar Allah on Saudi Arabia's civilian infrastructure."


At the end of his briefing to the Security Council on Thursday, Griffiths acknowledged his accusations of excessive "optimism" and said, "I gladly acknowledge this charge."

"I can't stop thinking that Yemen war is coming to an end," he said, citing what he described as "a very senior and wise official in the region who recently said that this war could end this year."

"I hope today that I have been able to share my views on how to begin to realize this aspiration."


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