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The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg told the Security Council that since the start of the truce in the country, “there have been encouraging signs that halting the cyclical patterns of escalation is possible.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY
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14 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“Since the start of the Truce, there have been encouraging signs that halting the cyclical patterns of escalation is possible. There has been a significant reduction in violence and civilian casualties. There have been no confirmed airstrikes inside Yemen or cross-border attacks emanating from Yemen. There is more fuel flowing through Hudaydah ports into the country. Preparations are underway for commercial flights to depart from Sana’a airport for the first time since 2016. My Office is working to bring the parties together to open roads in Taiz and other governorates. The impact of this on Yemeni lives, as well as the symbolism, should not be underestimated.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“The Truce offers a rare opportunity to pivot toward a peaceful future. The coming weeks will be a test of the parties’ commitments to uphold their obligations. This is a time to build trust and confidence, which is not easy after more than seven years of conflict. Yemen will need the international community’s support as much as ever to maintain the momentum and move toward finding an inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable end to the conflict. And I will need your redoubled efforts and support during this critical period.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The truce also aims to facilitate the movement of people, goods, and humanitarian assistance by resuming commercial flights from Sana’a airport and working to re-open roads in Taiz and other areas. Communities living near front lines – including in Taiz, where residents have suffered for years as their city has been encircled by conflict and roads blocked – would then become easier to reach. People who need to travel abroad from Sana’a for medical care or other reasons would, at last, be able to do so. This is all good news, so long as the truce holds.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“At the same time, we must also address challenges to the safety and security of humanitarian workers. Five months after their arrest in Sana’a, two UN staff detained by the Houthi authorities remain in custody – in contravention of UN privileges and immunities and despite past promises to release them. Efforts are also continuing to secure the release of five UN staff kidnapped by armed men in Abyan in February.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdullah al-Saadi, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Yemen:
"We renew our call on the international community to reinforce this support and assist the Government in implementing recovery programmes and building revenue sources as a pivotal factor in resolving the humanitarian crisis, rather than relying on humanitarian aid."

STORYLINE:
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg told the Security Council on Thursday (14 Apr) that since the start of the truce in the country, “there have been encouraging signs that halting the cyclical patterns of escalation is possible.”

According to the Special Envoy, there has been a significant reduction in violence and civilian casualties. “There have been no confirmed airstrikes inside Yemen or cross-border attacks emanating from Yemen,” he said.

Grundberg added that there is more fuel flowing through Hudaydah ports into the country and that preparations are underway for commercial flights to depart from Sana’a airport for the first time since 2016.

The truce, which came into effect on 2 April, “offers a rare opportunity to pivot toward a peaceful future,” said the Special Envoy.
He added, “The coming weeks will be a test of the parties’ commitments to uphold their obligations.”

Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, highlighted that the truce also aims to facilitate the movement of people, goods, and humanitarian assistance.

“Communities living near front lines,” said Griffiths, “would then become easier to reach. People who need to travel abroad from Sana’a for medical care or other reasons would, at last, be able to do so.”

Griffiths also noted that funding remains the biggest challenge to the humanitarian response.

Furthermore, he said that the challenges to the safety and security of humanitarian workers must be addressed.

“Five months after their arrest in Sana’a, two UN staff detained by the Houthi authorities remain in custody,” he said, “in contravention of UN privileges and immunities and despite past promises to release them.

“Efforts are also continuing to secure the release of five UN staff kidnapped by armed men in Abyan in February,” he added.

Abdullah al-Saadi, Permanent Representative of Yemen, called on the international community to reinforce support, assist the Government in implementing recovery programmes, and building revenue sources “as a pivotal factor in resolving the humanitarian crisis, rather than relying on humanitarian aid."
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