Griffiths: Riyadh agreement paves the way for a comprehensive peace process in Yemen

November 27, 2019

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on Friday thanked Saudi Arabia for its role in reaching a Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the transitional council.

“The Riyadh agreement paves the way for a comprehensive peace process in Yemen,” Griffiths said during a briefing on Yemen at the UN Security Council. He believed that the signing of this agreement “confirms the existence of leaders capable of making changes to ensure the stability of Yemen,” and appreciated the efforts of Saudi Arabia and the UN, which contributed to the success of the agreement.

Griffiths added: “Yemen needed leaders capable of making change. The Riyadh agreement signed between the government and the Southern Transitional Council is a confirmation of the presence of these leaders.
“The pace of war in Yemen has fallen considerably over the past two weeks,” Griffiths said.

Griffiths also pointed to “positive signs of the implementation of the Hodeida agreement” between the legitimacy and the Houthis, after the establishment of UN observation points in the city. He stressed that Hodeidah witnessed a decrease in military and security escalation, stressing that “security incidents in Hodeidah decreased by 40%.”

Griffiths also praised the government’s positive steps that helped bring oil derivatives ships into Hodeidah ports. However, he expressed concern “about Houthi’s restriction of UN team freedom in Hodeidah.”

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