Griffiths Chooses Aden as First Stop Before Meeting Insurgents

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Griffiths Chooses Aden as First Stop Before Meeting Insurgents

United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths was in the country’s temporary capital, Aden, on Saturday for the first time since his appointment as successor to Mauritania's Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, informed Yemeni government sources said.

The UN envoy will meet with a number of government officials and other Yemeni leaders in Aden before heading to the capital Sana’a to hold talks with Houthi leaders and other forces loyal to the insurgents in areas that fall under their control.

Griffiths began his new mission from Riyadh, where he met with the leadership of Yemeni legitimacy, represented by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr, in addition to other Gulf officials.

This came in the context of the consultations he is leading to resume the stalled negotiations between the government and the Houthi militias.

In the first meeting with the UN envoy, the leaders affirmed the adherence to a peaceful solution based on the three principles: the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanism, the outcomes of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216, the same references that Griffiths said he would need to reach a peace agreement.

The legitimate government demanded the militia to stop firing rockets into Saudi territories and release the prisoners and detainees in the context of proving good intentions and seriousness in reaching a peace that ends the coup.

In his first statement, the British envoy pledged to launch a comprehensive political process among Yemeni parties, starting with where his predecessor has stopped in the negotiations that were hosted by Kuwait and were thwarted by the militias, who did not agree to sign a proposed peace agreement by Ould Cheikh at the end of the talks.

Notably, all international parties concerned with the Yemeni file are optimistic, especially Western officials, that this year will mark the end of the Houthi coup against the legitimate government through a peace agreement sponsored by the new UN envoy.

The legitimate government accuses the Houthi rebels of investing only in the negotiations process to prolong the war, without seriously reaching an agreement, in implementation of Iran’s agenda, which provides them with weapons and logistical support.



UN Security Council Demands Halt to Siege of El Fasher in Sudan

A fire rages in a market area in El Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state. The Sudanese conflict has continued for 14 months.
A fire rages in a market area in El Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state. The Sudanese conflict has continued for 14 months.
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UN Security Council Demands Halt to Siege of El Fasher in Sudan

A fire rages in a market area in El Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state. The Sudanese conflict has continued for 14 months.
A fire rages in a market area in El Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state. The Sudanese conflict has continued for 14 months.

The UN Security Council on Thursday demanded a halt to the siege of El Fasher - a city of 1.8 million people in Sudan's North Darfur region - by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and an immediate end to fighting in the area.
The 15-member council adopted a British-drafted resolution that also calls for the withdrawal of all fighters who threaten the safety and security of civilians in El Fasher.
The UN said the resolution also calls for “an immediate halt to the fighting” and “withdrawal of all fighters that threaten the safety and security of civilians.”
The resolution received 14 votes in favor, while Russia abstained.
Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Anna Evstigneeva, explained that her country abstained from voting because a previous resolution on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, which had been pushed through the Council in March, remained on paper.
UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward said she tabled this resolution “to help secure a localized ceasefire around El Fasher and create the wider conditions to support de-escalation across the country and, ultimately, save lives.”
Also, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged the Security Council to support efforts to bring about an immediate end to the fighting, by putting pressure on the warring parties to stop blocking humanitarian access and aid.
She said over 25 million Sudanese are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, and she and many council members urged that more crossings be opened — and that donors come forward.
Thomas-Greenfield then accused the RSF of obstructing the delivery of aid. She warned that the continuation of the conflict in Sudan would lead to further destabilization.
The conflict in Sudan broke out in April 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF, leading to the world's largest displacement crisis.
El Fasher is the last major urban center in Darfur that remains in the hands of Sudan's army.
The RSF and its allies raided four other state capitals in Darfur last year, and was accused of launching a campaign of ethnically motivated killings targeting non-Arab tribes, and of committing other abuses in West Darfur.
Last April, UN officials warned that the violence poses an extreme and immediate danger to the 800,000 civilians who reside in El Fasher.
In Sudan, the UN says half of the population, 25 million people, need humanitarian aid, and that the war uprooted around 8 million people while famine is closing in.