UN Envoy appeals for ending Yemen war

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths  appealed for warring parties to implement a nationwide ceasefire and agree a date for peace talks, in line with a plan to end their conflict. 

In his briefing to the UN Security Council, Griffiths said: “For many Yemenis, the conflict has changed the way they see their lives as well as their futures. In many areas of the country, a generation of children has suffered sporadic or no schooling.  Employment is too often partial or indeed non-existent. The institutions of the state, essential for the delivery of basic services, have suffered years of attrition. The problems in getting fuel imported for civilian use drive up prices of basic commodities. Electricity in some parts of Yemen is a daily struggle. And, as we will hear from Mark, I am sure, COVID-19 has unleashed itself again on the people of Yemen with a new ferocity. As bad as anything else for the people of Yemen, there is no sense as to when this tragedy might end.   

It is very likely that most Yemenis consulted, that most Yemenis that are polled, that most Yemenis who were included in the national conversation about the war insist that ending the war is the simple, most important objective.  

It is very likely that this massive popular consensus in favour of peace exists in all conflicts. The people are always the champions of peace. And, in this perhaps, Yemen is no different from other countries burdened by conflict. “ 

Briefing the Security Council, Martin Griffiths highlighted international unity in support of ending six years of fighting between Yemeni Government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Ansar Allah movement, also known as the Houthis.  

“These arrangements will allow for a normalization of life that has all too often, and perhaps today, seemed like a cruel hope for the people of Yemen,” he said.  

“So, let us together call upon the parties not to disappoint and instead deliver Yemen from its plight.” 

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