UN Reports Reveals That Both Warring Parties Are Continuing To Follow the Yemen Ceasefire
Both parties involved in the Yemen conflict have largely adhered to a truce reached last month; however, significant progress still needs to be taken before further discussions can be held regarding concluding the war. This statement was made by Martin Griffiths, UN special representative to Yemen.
Griffiths informed the United Nations Security Council that he had met the leaders of both warring sides over the last few days and both had articulated their resolve to find a solution to the problem. He added that he was happy to observe that both sides have stuck to the truce that was reached in Stockholm. Even though there have been some instances of violence, it has been greatly limited.
Griffiths stated that leaders of both parties want considerable advancement; especially in Hodeidah which is something that the UN wants to see before they can go for another round of talks. He is optimistic that the UN can hold another round of discussions in the near future. For this reason, he is working with the leaders of both sides so that the discourse can take place at the earliest. The UN had earlier stated that another round of discussions would be held in January on the issue of an extensive truce in the nation, groundwork for political negotiations and provision governing body.
Griffiths informed that on Tuesday in Riyadh he had met the Saudi-backed government’s president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was overthrown from the capital Sanaa in 2014, and Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi, whose forces command most urban centers in Yemen which includes Sanaa and Hodeidah, on Sunday.
A crucial challenge lies in achieving an orderly troop pull-out from Hodeidah, the main port used to feed Yemen’s 30 million people has remained the focus of battle over the past year.
He added that the UN was working with both parties to conclude a list of prisoners to be exchanged as part of a prisoner swap agreement made in December and he hopes a meeting of the supervisory committee would be held in Amman next Monday.
Before the next round of discussions, work would go on to gain support for the central bank and reopen the Sanaa airport.