UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’

In New York, Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering “their full support” to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, after he was reportedly criticised by the Government of the war-ravaged country.

A fragile ceasefire has largely held in and around the key port city of Hudaydah since the signing of the Stockholm Agreement last December.

The accord is seen as first move to brokering a lasting peace between opposition Houthis and the Saudi-led international coalition backing the Government.

In the Security Council statement, Members gave their unequivocal backing to Mr. Griffiths, “and called on the parties to engage constructively and continuously” with the Special Envoy.

In a related development, the UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, met Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

They discussed the work of the Yemen Envoy and “the way forward” for advancing the fragile ceasefire accord, “and for returning to dialogue to reach a political solution to the wider conflict”, according to a statement attributed to Ms. DiCarlo.

The discussions were described as “productive” and Ms. DiCarlo thanked President Hadi “for his Government’s commitment” to full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.

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