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Grundberg in Aden to Consolidate Yemen Truce

Grundberg in Aden to Consolidate Yemen Truce

Tuesday, 19 April, 2022 - 04:45
Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak meets with UN envoy Hans Grundberg in Riyadh on Monday. (Saba)

United Nations envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg arrived in Aden on Monday as part of his efforts to consolidate the two-month truce that was declared at the beginning of the month.

Hopes are pinned on the truce becoming a permanent ceasefire to the pave the way for peace consultations that would end the Iran-backed Houthi militias' coup.

Grundberg is scheduled to meet with government officials and members of the new Presidential Leadership Council.

On Monday, he met with head of the council, Rashad al-Alimi, and Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak in Riyadh where the truce was declared during the intra-Yemeni consultations.

Talks with Alimi focused on the implementation of the truce agreement, tweeted the envoy's office.

"They agreed on the importance of building on the truce towards reaching negotiated political solution to the conflict."

The envoy had flown in to Riyadh from Sanaa where he met with Houthi officials.

Talks with bin Mubarak focused on the latest developments in Yemen and ways to maintain the truce, especially in regards to opening roads to Houthi-besieged Taiz, revealed official sources.

The FM said lifting the siege was among the truce's top priorities.

He spoke of the dangers of Houthi violations of the truce and the government's keenness on consolidating it to pave the way for hope and peace.

He urged the need to prevent the Houthis from exploiting the truce to amass forces and reorganize their ranks.

The terms of the truce include facilitating the entry of 18 fuel ships into the ports of Hodeidah and allowing two commercial flights a week to and from Sanaa airport. The terms also include convening a meeting between the parties to agree on opening roads in Taiz and elsewhere to improve civilians’ freedom of movement inside Yemen.

Observers have expressed their concern that the Houthis would renege on the truce, especially amid daily reports of their violations.

Military media on Monday confirmed that the militias have been violating the truce on all battlefronts. On Saturday alone, the military confirmed 87 Houthi violations in fronts in the Taiz, Hodeidah, Marib, Hajjah and al-Jawf provinces.

Violations included attempted Houthi infiltrations in Marib that were thwarted by the armed forces and sniper attacks against the national army in Hajjah. One soldier was wounded in a sniper attack.

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