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UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said there were signs of hope for the Yemeni people, but these are fragile and in need of our diligent care and attention. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

17 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Yemeni ambassador
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“But as the aid operation has expanded, the drivers of the crisis have continued to get worse. In fact, it often feels in Yemen the more we achieve, the bigger and more complicated the problem becomes.”
6. Pan left, Lowcock addressing Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Mr. President, the second issue is humanitarian access which remains extremely challenging particularly in the north. Agencies there must still navigate more than 100 different restrictions imposed by Ansar Allah authorities, in addition to frequent harassment and attempts at interference. In September, Ansar Allah authorities effectively expelled or refused entry to several United Nations personnel, including a senior official.”
8. Med shot, Kuwaiti ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“The funding we have received for the response plan will allow humanitarian agencies to continue keeping millions of people alive. That is cause for optimism, but there is much more to do if our aim is not just to reduce people’s suffering, but to end it all together. The only way to achieve that is to stop the war.”
10. Med shot, Yemeni ambassador
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“As I said at the outset, many of us had hoped, including myself here in Riyadh, that an agreement could have been announced today. I understand we are not quite there yet, but it certainly does seem that progress has been made, very significant progress, during the Jeddah talks under the leadership of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Thanks to their strenuous diplomatic efforts, the Saudis, there are encouraging signs that an agreement aimed at resolving the issues between the Government of Yemen under President Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council may be well within reach.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdullah Ali Fadhel Al-Saadi, Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations:
“The Yemeni Government reaffirms that moving towards any political dialogue for a comprehensive settlement to the conflict hinges on the implementation of the Stockholm agreement. Thus, this august Council and the international community should work towards this end, because one who does not commit to previous agreements will not comply with later agreements or settlements.”
15. Wide shot, Yemeni ambassador addressing Security Council
16. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said there were signs of hope for the Yemeni people, but these are fragile and in need of our diligent care and attention.

Addressing the Security Council via teleconference from Riyadh today (17 Oct), Griffiths said the situation in the south remains volatile, with a tenuous calm in Aden. He noted however that there has been no large-scale fighting in areas of dispute, adding that this could be taken as testimony to the restraint shown by the those on the ground and their leaders.

SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“As I said at the outset, many of us had hoped, including myself here in Riyadh, that an agreement could have been announced today. I understand we are not quite there yet, but it certainly does seem that progress has been made, very significant progress, during the Jeddah talks under the leadership of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Thanks to their strenuous diplomatic efforts, the Saudis, there are encouraging signs that an agreement aimed at resolving the issues between the Government of Yemen under President Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council may be well within reach.”

Griffiths welcomed the initiative by Ansar Allah to suspend all drones and ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia and the reduction of violence that followed the announcement. Among other measures, the Special Envoy welcomed the release of 290 detainees by Ansar Allah and said he was also grateful to the Government of Yemen for allowing fuel ships into Hudaydah.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, said that humanitarian workers are reaching more than 12 million people across Yemen every month, and yet, it often feels like “the more we achieve, the more complicated the problem becomes.”

He said that the situation regarding violence was a little better in October, but he added that all parties must uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructures.

Lowcock also said humanitarian access “remains extremely challenging particularly in the north.” He added, “Agencies there must still navigate more than 100 different restrictions imposed by Ansar Allah authorities, in addition to frequent harassment and attempts at interference. In September, Ansar Allah authorities effectively expelled or refused entry to several United Nations personnel, including a senior official.”

The Emergency Relief Coordinator said hundreds of millions of dollars received in the past six weeks raised the level of funding for the humanitarian response plan from 45 percent funded in September to 65 percent today. He said that the funding received would allow humanitarian agencies to continue keeping millions of people alive and that is “cause for optimism, but there is much more to do if our aim is not just to reduce people’s suffering, but to end it all together. The only way to achieve that is to stop the war.”

Yemeni ambassador Abdullah Al-Saadi said his Government tried to achieve peace and has shown flexibility with all Special Envoy Griffiths’s proposals to reach a comprehensive solution to the conflict, but Houthi militias make a living off war and instability, an approach he said they adopted from their Iranian backers.

Al-Saadi said the Yemeni Government reaffirms that moving towards any political dialogue for a comprehensive settlement to the conflict “hinges on the implementation of the Stockholm agreement.” He called on the Security Council and the international community to “work towards this end, because one who does not commit to previous agreements will not comply with later agreements or settlements.”
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