YEMEN / GRUNDBERG PRESSER

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Talking to reporters before leaving Sana’a after a three-day visit, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg said, “despite reported violations that we are concerned about, we have seen a significant overall reduction in hostilities and no confirmed reports of airstrikes or cross-border attacks.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 APRIL 2022, SANA’A, YEMEN / FILE

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13 APRIL 2022, SANA’A, YEMEN

1. Med shot, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg walking with delegation
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“Since the truce came into effect on the 2nd of April, and despite reported violations that we are concerned about, we have seen a significant overall reduction in hostilities and no confirmed reports of airstrikes or cross-border attacks. We have also seen badly needed fuel ships coming into the ports of Hudaydah, which I hope will contribute to resolving the fuel crisis you have been experiencing here in Sana’a.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Close up, UN Flag

13 APRIL 2022, SANA’A, YEMEN

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“While we see that the truce is broadly holding, we need to be mindful of the challenges, too. We are relying on the parties’ continued commitment and serious engagement in upholding the truce. Dialogue in good faith with each other is key and the parties need to make use of the United Nations facilitated mechanisms we provided to support them in that regard.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

5. Close up, UN Flag

13 APRIL 2022, SANA’A, YEMEN

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“This is an opportunity to end the conflict and reach a just peace that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people. We have a collective responsibility to rise to the occasion.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

7. Close up, UN Flag

13 APRIL 2022, SANA’A, YEMEN

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“Intense work and preparations are ongoing for the opening of Sana’a airport for the first commercial flight in six years.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

9. Close up, UN Flag

13 APRIL 2022, SANA’A, YEMEN

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“As the setup for the flights from Sana’a Airport are a commercial one, the United Nations is not engaged in defining who the passengers are going to be.”
11. Various shots, Sana’a Airport

STORYLINE:

Talking to reporters before leaving Sana’a after a three-day visit, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg today (13 Apr) said, “despite reported violations that we are concerned about, we have seen a significant overall reduction in hostilities and no confirmed reports of airstrikes or cross-border attacks.”

Grundberg said, “we have also seen badly needed fuel ships coming into the ports of Hudaydah, which I hope will contribute to resolving the fuel crisis you have been experiencing here in Sana’a.”

The Special Envoy, who met with the senior political leadership in Sana'a said, “while we see that the truce is broadly holding, we need to be mindful of the challenges, too. We are relying on the parties’ continued commitment and serious engagement in upholding the truce. Dialogue in good faith with each other is key and the parties need to make use of the United Nations facilitated mechanisms we provided to support them in that regard.”

He said, “this is an opportunity to end the conflict and reach a just peace that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people. We have a collective responsibility to rise to the occasion.”

The truce, which came into effect on 2 April, allows fuel ships to enter into ports in the Hudaydah region, and commercial flights will operate from the capital, Sana’a, to predetermined destinations in the region.

The parties have further agreed to meet to open roads in Taiz and other governorates.

Grundberg said, “intense work and preparations are ongoing for the opening of Sana’a airport for the first commercial flight in six years.”

Asked for details, he said, “as the setup for the flights from Sana’a Airport are a commercial one, the United Nations is not engaged in defining who the passengers are going to be.”

The truce calls for a halt to all offensive ground, aerial and naval military operations in Yemen and across its borders.

The truce can be renewed once the two months are up, provided the sides agree.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in more than seven years of fighting between Yemeni forces, backed by a Saudi coalition, and Houthi rebels.
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