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UN Calls on Yemeni Parties to Support Ceasefire

UN Calls on Yemeni Parties to Support Ceasefire

Friday, 3 July, 2020 - 06:00
UN Envoy Martin Griffiths (Office of Griffiths)

UN Special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths discussed on Thursday with representatives of Yemeni parties United Nations proposals for agreements on a nationwide ceasefire, key economic and humanitarian measures to alleviate the suffering of the people and support the country’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the urgent resumption of the political process.

According to the official Yemeni news agency Saba, Griffiths urged the parties to accept the proposed agreements without delay and begin working together through a formal comprehensive political process to end the war.

The meeting between the UN envoy and the Yemeni party representatives also tackled the growing risk of Safer tanker's explosion in the governorate of Hodeidah and which might lead to a man-made environmental disaster in the Red Sea due to the intransigence of the Houthi militias.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has repeatedly called on the Iran-backed militias to allow a UN technical team to carry out the necessary maintenance work on the Safer floating storage and offloading terminal to avoid an environment disaster.

The vessel is loaded with an estimated 1.1 million barrels of oil and is described by experts as a floating bomb.

During their meeting with Griffiths in Riyadh Thursday, a number of National Coalition parties in Yemen expressed their support to the envoy’s ongoing efforts to install peace in the country.

The parties expressed their hope that the UN exert more pressure on Houthis to resort to peace based on the three references.

The meeting also discussed the works to implement the Riyadh Agreement and the great Saudi efforts to achieve peace in Yemen.

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