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11-Sep-2018 00:02:27
Following the first round of Intra-Yemeni Consultations in Geneva, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said that despite the absence of one of the sides to the Consultations, “we still managed to relaunch the political process with solid support from the Yemeni people and the international community.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

11 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen:
“I am glad, in fact, to report to this Council that despite the absence of one of the sides to the Consultations in Geneva last week, and even if it certainly did not go as planned, we still managed to relaunch the political process with solid support, clearly from the Yemeni people, and the international community. Now, of course I was as disappointed as anyone that we were unable to bring the delegation from Sana’a to Geneva. This is certainly not what I had planned for last week, and I certainly would not want to see this happen again.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen:
“This is no longer a race between political and military institutions and solutions. It’s, instead, a race to salvage what is left of state institutions as quickly as possible. It is with this sense of urgency indeed that I was encouraged, as you know Madame President, to move forward with the parties so as to inject a prospect of hope and to develop an alternative narrative to the narrative of war.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen:
“The road to peace is never straight, it’s always going to be difficult, particularly at a time when it is restarting a process after two years of enmity, opposition, doubt, confusion, and a lack of confidence. It is not surprising that there will be those who find it difficult – in this case – to attend, and it is not surprising that there will be those who find, you know, who find some element of interest in the fact that they didn’t.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmad Awad Bin Mubarak, Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations:
“It is regrettable and not understandable that inaccurate descriptions and lose statements are being used to justify this behaviour which represents a clear challenge for the international community. Any leniency or inaccuracy in describing what happened and is happening in Yemen is not help in ending this crisis in any way.”
11. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Following the first round of Intra-Yemeni Consultations in Geneva, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, today (11 Sep) said that despite the absence of one of the sides to the Consultations, “we still managed to relaunch the political process with solid support from the Yemeni people and the international community.”

Briefing the Security Council via teleconference from Amman, Jordan, Griffith said he was “as disappointed as anyone that we were unable to bring the delegation from Sana’a to Geneva,” and stressed that “this is certainly not what I had planned for last week, and I certainly would not want to see this happen again.”

The Special Envoy pointed out that “this is no longer a race between political and military institutions and solutions. It’s, instead, a race to salvage what is left of state institutions as quickly as possible.”

He said that it was “with this sense of urgency” that he was encouraged “to move forward with the parties so as to inject a prospect of hope and to develop an alternative narrative to the narrative of war.”

Griffiths told the Council that “the road to peace is never straight, it’s always going to be difficult, particularly at a time when it is restarting a process after two years of enmity, opposition, doubt, confusion, and a lack of confidence.”

It is not surprising, he said, “that there will be those who find it difficult – in this case – to attend, and it is not surprising that there will be those who find, you know, who find some element of interest in the fact that they didn’t.”

Yemeni ambassador Ahmad Awad Bin Mubarak said it was “regrettable and not understandable that inaccurate descriptions and lose statements” are being used to justify “behaviour which represents a clear challenge for the international community.”

He added that “any leniency or inaccuracy in describing what happened and is happening in Yemen is not helping to end this crisis in any way.”

The Yemeni ambassador called on the Security Council to shoulder its responsibilities in compelling the rebels to heed to the aspirations of the Yemeni people and reach a sustainable peace based on the Gulf initiative, the outcome of the national dialogue conference, Security Council resolution.

Last week’s formal consultations were the first time in two years that Yemen’s warring parties met.

After four years of conflict in Yemen, more than 16,000 civilians have been killed or injured and more than 22 million are in need of humanitarian aid.
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