UN Welcomes Saudi Peace Initiative to End Fighting in Yemen

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 24 March 2021 10:47 WIB
    UN Welcomes Saudi Peace Initiative to End Fighting in Yemen
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    New York: The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday welcomed the announcement by Saudi Arabia of steps aimed at helping end the fighting and restart the political process in Yemen.

    In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Guterres welcomed all steps aimed at bringing the parties closer to a resolution in line with the efforts by his Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, to secure a nationwide ceasefire, the re-opening of Sana’a airport, the regular flow of fuel and other commodities into Yemen through Hudaydah port and move  to an inclusive political process to reach a comprehensive negotiated settlement to end the conflict. 

    "As the conflict in Yemen enters its seventh year, Yemenis continue to face a dire humanitarian situation, including the prospect of a large-scale famine, while a significant funding gap remains," Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said.

    "Underlining that the needs of the Yemeni people must be put above any other considerations, the Secretary-General calls for fuel ships to be urgently allowed into the port of Hudaydah and for the removal of obstacles to domestic distribution," Haq stated.

    A Saudi-led coalition in support of the internationally recognized Government of Yemen, has been fighting Houthi opposition fighters, formally known as Ansar Allah, for control of the country since early 2015, following years of civil unrest and instability.

    Tens of thousands have died, and close to 21 million Yemenis need some sort of assistance and protection, according to the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, including 11.3 million children.

    "The Secretary-General urges the parties to seize this opportunity and work with his Special Envoy on the way forward in good faith and without preconditions," the spokesperson stated.

    "He reiterates that all actors and stakeholders must do their utmost to facilitate an immediate agreement that brings Yemen back to a path towards peace," he concluded.


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