Grundberg: Partial and temporary solutions will not end the war in YemenEnglish - Thursday 18 May 2023 الساعة 06:52 pm
The Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said that moving towards a comprehensive and sustainable peace in Yemen revolves around the resumption of a Yemeni-led political process under the auspices of the United Nations to end the conflict.
Grundberg said - in his briefing to the UN Security Council session on Yemen - on Wednesday, that the pillar of any agreement to move forward must be the resumption of a political process under the auspices of the United Nations to end the conflict. One of the many challenges facing Yemen.
He continued, "Only the inclusive, inclusive political process can forge a new political partnership, and fulfill the promise of a safe and economically stable future in which state institutions perform their work effectively, and in which Yemen returns to its peaceful relations with its neighbours."
"This political process must address the complex issues related to Yemen's long-term future, and it must begin as soon as possible," he added.
Grundpre pointed out that he continued to work with all Yemeni parties and regional interlocutors to reach a cease-fire and start a political process, pointing out that progress had been made, but he still needed more discussions on some issues, which could be resolved in light of the positive discussions.
According to the UN envoy, the discussions, which he described as "positive" and "encouraging", culminated in the agreement of all parties to move towards reaching an agreement on humanitarian and economic measures in Yemen, as well as a permanent ceasefire and the resumption of a Yemeni-led political process under the auspices of the United Nations.
He stressed that "it is the duty of the parties to build on the progress they have made so far and take decisive steps leading to a comprehensive peaceful solution."
He noted the urgent need for an official ceasefire in Yemen and reaching a comprehensive political solution due to the fragility of the military and economic conditions, explaining that the continuous reports of violence on various fronts, especially in Al-Jawf, Taiz, Ma’rib and Saada, show the fragility of the current situation, and stress the need for an official cessation of the ceasefire.
“The truce has provided an enabling environment and a starting point to build on. But the fragility of the military situation, the dire economic situation and the challenges the Yemeni people face every day always remind us why a more comprehensive agreement is essential,” Grundberg added to the Security Council.
While expressing his concern about "the deterioration of the economic situation and the restrictions imposed on movement, and the consequent impact on economic activity and people's livelihood," he indicated that "pressures on the government affect the fulfillment of its obligations towards the Yemeni people"; As a result of its inability to "export oil, which represented more than half of the total government revenues last year."
He pointed out that the inconsistency and inconsistency of financial and economic policies across the country severely affected citizens and companies, making them face a state of uncertainty, especially in Sana'a and its neighboring governorates.
He also stressed that "the absence of cooperation between the two parties on critical monetary and financial issues will exacerbate and perhaps deepen these challenges."
Grundberg called on all parties to continue working with his office; To fulfill their obligations to release all conflict-related detainees under the Stockholm Agreement, "including journalists, human rights defenders, political dissidents and other arbitrarily detained civilians".
He welcomed the recent release of four journalists, stressing: "Media professionals in Yemen are still subject to threats, harassment and detention, and their offices and property are confiscated."
He concluded his briefing by stressing that the UN Security Council's continued support for the Yemeni crisis and its support for "any agreement that might be reached is of great importance, not only in the short term, but also in the long term, while Yemen charts its course towards a future of peace and prosperity that meets the aspirations of its people."