Griffiths to brief UNSC on Yemen developments

Griffiths to brief UNSC on Yemen developments

Alsahwa Net- The UN Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths is scheduled to brief this Thursday the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Yemen developments following his meetings with the government, rebels and chief diplomats of the UNSC permanent members and other key countries of the region.

His latest talks were with the Houthis rebels’ leader, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and president of their Supreme Political Council, Mahdi Al-Mashat in Sana’a on Tuesday 16 July 2019.

Griffiths ‘trip to Sana’a came within the UN recent attempts towards trust building between the government and rebels for peace efforts in Yemen. Focus of his visit to Sana’a was meant to at least obtain a consent from the rebels to implement the Stockholm agreement in Hodeida.

However, sources in Sana’a said that during the meeting with Griffiths, the rebels’ leaders have laid new conditions to the Stockholm agreement implementation in Hodeida.

The Stockholm agreement requires both warring sides to withdraw from Hodeida city and ports and hand over the place to the 2014-regisrtred security forces.

Griffiths was unable to even obtain a gesture of acceptance from the Houthis on forces redeployment in Hodeida, sources in Sana’a said.

In contrary, the Houthis’ leaders clung to their former position towards release of detainees and prisoners where they insist on partial release of prisoners in groups whereas the government promises full release of all captives in return the rebels set all detainees free.

The Houthis officials have also demanded the UN to force the government to pay monthly salaries to public servants in areas of their control. This is one of the new conditions that were introduced by the Houthis during their meeting with Griffiths in Sana’a. 

Griffiths did not speak to the media neither upon his arrival nor when departed Sana’a. His visit coincided with conclusion of a joint meeting by the government and Houthis representatives to the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) on board of a UN vessel off Hodeida city.

Representatives of both parties were unable to resolve key issues towards the Stockholm agreement implementation except reaching conceptual agreement of ceasefire enforcement mechanism.

Key issues including who to run Hodeida city and ports and port revenues collection remain disputed.  

The rebels refuse handing over Hodeida to the government forces or to the previous security forces who used to manage the governorate before the Houthis’ coup in late 2014. 

Moreover, Griffiths’ visit to Sana’a coincided with the UNSC vote on Monday 15 July 2019 that extended the UN ceasefire monitoring mission in Hodeida six months more.

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