GENEVA / YEMEN UPDATE

23-Jul-2019 00:01:39
Peace is possible in Yemen - but speed is of the essence in the face of dire humanitarian conditions and the threat of national fragmentation, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / YEMEN UPDATE
TRT: 1 :39
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 23 JULY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations, flags
2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen:
“I believe that this war in Yemen is eminently resolvable. I believe that the diplomatic consensus, whether in the council, or growing diplomatic consensus in the region towards resolving it politically is in our favour.”
4. Med shot, briefing room
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen:
“So it’s I think quite remarkable, and unexpected in some ways, that this time that has elapsed since December 13th , that we are still observing commitment from both sides to make what they agreed in Stockholm happen despite all the difficulties.”
6.Close up, hands
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen:
“The longer that this goes on, not only is it that the longer people will die from hunger and conflict, but that the solution becomes more difficult.”
8.Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen:
“Yemen has its own problems, and the prospect of it becoming involved in or part of a possible regional conflict hardly bears examination. One of the things therefore we are spending a lot of time in doing is trying to see how we can stop that through various measures of de-escalation.”
10.Close up, speaker
11.Wide shot journalists
12.Med shot, journalists
13.Med shot, speaker
STORYLINE
Peace is possible in Yemen - but speed is of the essence in the face of dire humanitarian conditions and the threat of national fragmentation, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday (23 Jul).

The conflict in Yemen is now in its fifth year and has resulted in the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. Despite this, Griffiths remains optimistic about potential progress.

“I believe that this war in Yemen is eminently resolvable,” Griffiths said. “I believe that the diplomatic consensus, whether in the Council, or the growing diplomatic consensus in the region towards resolving it politically, is in our favour.”

The Stockholm agreement, signed in December 2018 by delegations from the Government of Yemen and the Houthi rebel movement agreed a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah. The agreement is seen as a gateway to opening up negotiations, and both parties insist that they are seeking a political solution. “I think it’s quite remarkable, and unexpected in some ways, that this time that has elapsed since December 13th , that we are still observing commitment from both sides to make what they agreed in Stockholm happen despite all the difficulties,” Griffiths said.

The Special Envoy told reporters that there is still a grave danger of the country breaking apart, with armed factions, famine, disease and a lack of basic healthcare continuing to put lives at risk.

“The longer that this goes on, not only is it that the longer people will die from hunger and conflict, but that the solution becomes more difficult,” he said. The possibility of Yemen being dragged into a regional conflict is a further threat to any peace process.

“Yemen has its own problems, and the prospect of it becoming involved in or part of a possible regional conflict hardly bears examination. One of the things therefore we are spending a lot of time in doing is trying to see how we can stop that, through various measures of de-escalation.”
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