UN / YEMEN UPDATE

30-Mar-2020 00:01:06
UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said he was “alarmed by the continuation and escalation of ground and aerial activities in Yemen, in particular in and around Ma’rib governorate and the attacks against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claimed by Ansar Allah.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 30 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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30 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“And turning to Yemen, our Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, said he was alarmed by the continuation and escalation of ground and aerial activities in Yemen, in particular in and around Ma’rib governorate and the attacks against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claimed by Ansar Allah. He reiterated the Secretary-General's call for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities to build a conducive environment to achieving a nation-wide ceasefire. He recalled that Yemen needs its leaders to focus every minute of their time on averting and mitigating the potentially disastrous consequences of a COVID-19 outbreak. Mr. Griffiths reiterated that indiscriminate attacks affecting civilians and civilian targets, whether inside or outside of Yemen, are unlawful and reprehensible. Mr. Griffiths emphasized that the recent uptick in fighting runs counter to the stated commitments of all involved in the conflict to work on a ceasefire and their positive responses among diverse groups of Yemenis to the call the Secretary-General made to end the fighting in Yemen.”
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UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said he was “alarmed by the continuation and escalation of ground and aerial activities in Yemen, in particular in and around Ma’rib governorate and the attacks against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claimed by Ansar Allah.”

Speaking to reporters at a virtual briefing today (30 Mar), UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that the Special Envoy Griffiths reiterated the Secretary-General's call for “an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities to build a conducive environment to achieving a nation-wide ceasefire.”

Griffiths recalled that “Yemen needs its leaders to focus every minute of their time on averting and mitigating the potentially disastrous consequences of a COVID-19 outbreak.”

The Special Envoy also reiterated that “indiscriminate attacks affecting civilians and civilian targets, whether inside or outside of Yemen, are unlawful and reprehensible.”

Griffiths emphasized that “the recent uptick in fighting runs counter to the stated commitments of all involved in the conflict to work on a ceasefire and their positive responses among diverse groups of Yemenis to the call the Secretary-General made to end the fighting in Yemen.”
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