YEMEN / GRUNDBERG TAIZ VISIT

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During a visit to Taiz, UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg said working for peace in Yemen “is an uphill battle,” however he stressed that “we should never forget that there is always a way to break the cycle of violence.” UNIFEED

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STORY: YEMEN / GRUNDBERG TAIZ VISIT
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SOURCE: UNITED NATIONS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 NOVEMBER 2021, TAIZ, YEMEN

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08 NOVEMBER 2021, TAIZ, YEMEN

1. Wide shot, street view
2. Wide shot, UN convoy
3. Tracking, Grundberg arriving for meeting with Governor of Taiz and Yemeni officials
4. Wide shot, Grundberg arriving for meeting with Governor of Taiz and Yemeni officials
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, United Nations:
"Working for peace in Yemen is an uphill battle. However, we should never forget that there is always a way to break the cycle of violence. There are always opportunities for peaceful dialogue. And the people of Taiz know this too well. They have been at the forefront of civil society mediation initiatives on prisoners' exchange or by improving the delivery of basic services or working to open roads and identifying solutions to issues caused by protracted conflict. I support and encourage their courageous efforts."
6. Various shots, Grundberg meeting with Governor of Taiz and Yemeni officials

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During a visit to Taiz, UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg said working for peace in Yemen “is an uphill battle,” however he stressed that “we should never forget that there is always a way to break the cycle of violence.”

Speaking to reporters in the Yemeni city on Monday (08 Nov), Grundberg said his meeting with the Governor and other representatives of political parties in Taiz was very constructive.

In his first visit to Taiz, Grundberg said the Governorate encompasses many things that are central to all of Yemen, including political plurality, entrepreneurial spirit, cultural and historical richness and the strength to address the pain and difficulties that the war has inflicted on its people.

The UN Special Envoy said people’s freedom of movement has been severely restricted and noted the frequent interruptions in the delivery of basic services like water and electricity, as well the general state of insecurity and the declining economic situation. He said civilians in Taiz and elsewhere in the country are bearing the burden of the conflict.

Grundberg said working for peace in Yemen is “an uphill battle,” but noted that there are always opportunities for peaceful dialogue, “and the people of Taiz know this too well.” He said, “They have been at the forefront of civil society mediation initiatives on prisoners' exchange or by improving the delivery of basic services or working to open roads and identifying solutions to issues caused by protracted conflict. I support and encourage their courageous efforts.”

The Special Envoy said Taiz is the reminder of the possibility of a pluralistic Yemeni state and remains a key part of achieving sustainable peace in the country.
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