Yemen: UN calls to seize the opportunity, Lenderking returns to the Gulf

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Tue, 13-04-2021 11:33:58 Morning, Aden Time

Berlin (AFP, SOUTH24)

The United Nations calledMonday on all parties involved in the conflict in Yemen to "seize the opportunity" for a diplomatic solution as world powers held virtual talks.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths told reporters in Berlin ahead of the negotiations that peace efforts had reached a "critical moment" after six years of fighting.

"This is a moment for responsible leadership," he said, urging "the parties to seize the opportunity that exists now and negotiate in good faith without preconditions".

He was in Berlin at the invitation of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

The meeting brings together high-ranking officials from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, Sweden, Kuwait, and the EU, a format established in 2019 for the Yemen conflict.

Griffiths said the dire humanitarian situation required an immediate response.

"In these six years Yemenis have increasingly and appallingly, lacked access to food and medicine" as well as basic services and freedom of movement, he said.

Children had faced over six years "of being deprived of schooling, and being deprived of their future".

"A generation has been lost," he said.

Griffiths said a UN plan for a negotiated political settlement would first address "critical humanitarian needs and build confidence between the parties".

"We hope together that an agreement on all those humanitarian measures will create a conducive environment for the parties to move swiftly to inclusive peace talks under the auspices of the UN to sustainably and comprehensively end the conflict," he said.

The UN was committed to a "fair future" for the country's people which "is deliverable, which is achievable, and which is long overdue", Griffiths said.

Back to the Gulf 

U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking also has arrived in Berlin for meetings with the German Foreign Minister in conjunction with the visit of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.  

Special Envoy Lenderking will also meet with representatives from the permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany, Kuwait, Sweden, and the EU to discuss the importance of reaching a lasting solution to the war in Yemen, according to the US State Department.

"The Special Envoy will continue to the Gulf on April 14 for meetings with senior government officials in coordination with UN Special Envoy Griffiths," said the US State Department statement, "his discussions will maintain the focus on joint international efforts to promote a peace agreement and efforts to address the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen."

The situation in South

Also on Monday, Amr Al-Baidh, the Special Representative of the President of the STC for Foreign Affairs, gave a briefing the current situation in South and Yemen to the group of experts on Yemeni affairs at the Security Council.

The briefing included, through video communication, the full picture of the political and humanitarian situations that South and Yemen are going through, the course of the Riyadh Agreement, and the Transitional Council's support for the comprehensive peace process to alleviate the suffering of citizens due to the years-long war.

Al-Baidh and representatives of foreign affairs in the STC stressed the importance of completing the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement and addressing the economic and humanitarian conditions that the citizens of the country suffer from.

Since the current conflict erupted in 2014 when a Saudi-led military intervention pushed Yemen into a protracted war of attrition, Iran-backed rebels have seized large swathes of the country.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions to the brink of famine, in what the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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