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Griffiths Confirms De-escalation in Yemen’s War

Griffiths Confirms De-escalation in Yemen’s War

Friday, 22 November, 2019 - 18:30
FILE PHOTO - United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths attends a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

United Nations Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths said Friday that there has been a de-escalation in Yemen’s war in the past two week.

"In what is perhaps an even more important sign that something is changing in Yemen..., in the last two weeks the rate has dramatically reduced: there were almost 80 percent fewer air strikes nationwide than in the two weeks prior," Griffiths told the Security Council by video conference from his Amman office.

Referring to the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council, he described it as “perhaps a move towards an overall ceasefire in Yemen.”

Griffiths also said there was a strengthened ceasefire in the key port of Hodeidah but expressed concern over increasing movement restrictions by the Houthi militias on the UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement.

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