SWEDEN / YEMEN OPENING

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The UN top official for Yemen said today “let there be no doubt that Yemen’s future is in the hands of those of us in this room” as the representatives of Yemen’s warring parties sat together for the first time in UN-led peace talks in Sweden. UNIFEED

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STORY: SWEDEN / YEMEN OPENING
TRT: 2:50
SOURCE: GOVERNMENT OF SWEDEN
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DATELINE: 6 DECEMBER 2018, RIMBO, SWEDEN

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Griffts shaking hands with delegates
2. Delegates taking seats
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen:
“After two and a half years without a formal political process, the convening of the two delegations here is an important milestone. It demonstrates to the international community, here represented and to whom we speak, to each other and most importantly to the people of Yemen, that you are ready to come together in the name of a peaceful political solution to the conflict.”
4. Cutaway, Griffiths and Swedish foreign minister Wallstorm at the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen:
“I am also pleased to announce the signing of an agreement on the exchange of prisoners, detainees, the missing, the forcibly detained and individuals placed under the house arrest. This is a huge tribute to those here present and of enormous importance to the many, many thousands of families who seek the return of those currently lost to them.”
6. Cutaway, Griffiths and Swedish foreign minister Wallstorm at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen:
“In the coming days you will have the opportunity – people here present, to discuss and make a serious progress I hope, on a framework for negotiations that sets the parameters for the peace agreement and the resumption of the political transition. Based on my consultations with the parties and many other experienced and knowledgeable Yemenis I believe that we can also here, in the coming days find solutions on specific issues that will improve cooperation and reduce suffering.”
8. Cutaway, Griffiths and Swedish foreign minister Wallstorm at the podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen:
“Let there be no doubt that Yemen’s future is in the hands of those of us in this room. The country’s institutions are at risk; the fragmentation of the country is of enormous concern and we must act now before we lose control of the future of Yemen. You have all expressed your commitment to a political solution. The coming days are a milestone, it’s an important, a significant event. Don’t waver. Let none of waver in spite of the challenges that we may face.”
10. Zoom out, end of session

STORYLINE:

The UN top official for Yemen said today “let there be no doubt that Yemen’s future is in the hands of those of us in this room” as the representatives of Yemen’s warring parties sat together for the first time in UN-led peace talks in Sweden.

Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen said in his opening speech “after two and a half years without a formal political process, the convening of the two delegations here is an important milestone.”

The peace talks are taking place in Rimbo, Sweden and are supposed to set the framework for negotiations on a future peace agreement.

Griffiths said “based on my consultations with the parties and many other experienced and knowledgeable Yemenis I believe that we can also here, in the coming days find solutions on specific issues that will improve cooperation and reduce suffering.”

The Special Envoy also announced, “the signing of an agreement on the exchange of prisoners, detainees, the missing, the forcibly detained and individuals placed under the house arrest” and said This is a huge tribute to those here present and of enormous importance to the many, many thousands of families who seek the return of those currently lost to them.”

The three year-long conflict in Yemen has devastated the country’s economy and brought its population on a brink of famine.

According to the United Nations, 22.2 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian assistance.

In closing, Griffiths said “let there be no doubt that Yemen’s future is in the hands of those of us in this room. The country’s institutions are at risk; the fragmentation of the country is of enormous concern and we must act now before we lose control of the future of Yemen. You have all expressed your commitment to a political solution. The coming days are a milestone, it’s an important, a significant event. Don’t waver. Let none of waver in spite of the challenges that we may face.”
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