UN / GUTERRES YEMEN

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Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters that the situation in Yemen is “at a very crucial moment” as “there is a chance to be able to start effective negotiations in Sweden early in December.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 28 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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28 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Guterres at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are at a very crucial moment in relation to Yemen. I believe there is a chance to be able to start effective negotiations in Sweden early in December, but we are not yet there. I was, this morning, in consultations with Martin Griffiths. He has been shuttling, as you know, between Sana’a, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi. And I think we are close to create the conditions for the possibility for peace talks to start, and that will be an extremely important objective. And, of course, Saudi Arabia is absolutely crucial for that purpose, and I'm ready to discuss it with the Crown Prince or with any other Saudi officials, because I believe it is a very important objective at the present moment. If we are able to stop the Yemeni war, we will be stopping the most tragic humanitarian disaster we are facing in today's world.”
4. Med shot, Guterres at the podium

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (28 Nov) told reporters that the situation in Yemen is “at a very crucial moment” as “there is a chance to be able to start effective negotiations in Sweden early in December.”

The Secretary-General stressed that “we are not yet there” but noted that Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has been shuttling between Sana’a, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi in consultations “to create the conditions for the possibility for peace talks to start.”

Guterres said that Saudi Arabia “is absolutely crucial for that purpose” and he is “ready to discuss it with the Crown Prince or with any other Saudi officials, because I believe it is a very important objective at the present moment.”

He said, “if we are able to stop the Yemeni war, we will be stopping the most tragic humanitarian disaster we are facing in today's world.”

According to news reports, a meeting between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, are expected to start next week.
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