UN Envoy during his briefing. July 10, 2023 (official)

UN Envoy: Peace in Yemen Should Guarantee Citizenship Equity


Mon, 10-07-2023 07:07 PM, Aden

Aden (South24) 

The UN Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, stressed that any peace agreement should guarantee citizenship equity for all Yemenis.

This was part of the Swedish diplomat's briefing on Yemen at the UNSC today Monday. 

He said: " Peace in Yemen should guarantee citizenship equity regardless of race, affiliation or region". 

Grundberg called on all parties to quickly return to the political process to maintain the gains of the truce which is still in effect according to him.

He pointed to the ongoing flow of fuel and maritime trips via the Port of Hodeidah which is under the Houthi control as well as the Sanaa Airport's flights.

The UN Envoy expressed concern about the latest clashes in Al-Dhalea, Shabwa, Taiz, Marib and Hodeidah calling to stop any escalation.

Grundberg condemned the Houthi attack that injured 5 children in Hays in Hodeidah last week. He expresses concern about the latest Houthi military parades in the governorate of Ibb.

He pointed to the recent 25% collapse of local currency in the capital Aden, the headquarters of the Yemeni government and the Presidential Leadership Council.

"Ultimately, citizens pay the price of the collapse of local currency and the economic deterioration", he said.

The UN envoy asked for economic pacification and to alienate the economy away from the conflict. He said that economic developments have impacted the political situation.

He reiterated that the political process in Yemen will be led by the Yemenis to decide what they want for their country.

He added: "The issues of sovereignty, national governance and managing resources should be only decided by Yemenis".

In a related context, the UNSC, during its session today, renewed the mandate of the UN Mission in Support of the Hodeida Agreement (Stockholm Agreement 2018).

Both France and Britain hailed this resolution.

It is worth mentioning that "South24 Center" published a research paper that called on the Houthis to give up their "divine right" belief in order to reach a peace agreement.

- South24 Center

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