UN / YEMEN SAUDI ARABIA UPDATE

22-Mar-2021 00:02:15
The United Nations welcomed today's announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of its intention to “undertake a number of measures to help end the conflict in Yemen, which align with the UN's initiative,” according to a spokesperson. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / YEMEN SAUDI ARABIA UPDATE
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DATELINE: 22 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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22 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We welcome today's announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of its intention to undertake a number of measures to help end the conflict in Yemen, which align with the UN's initiative. We also welcome Saudi support for UN efforts. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has been working to secure a nationwide ceasefire, the reopening of Sanaa Airport to civilian traffic, allowing additional fuel and commodities to enter Hodeidah Port, and resuming the political process to end the conflict. There is no doubt that every effort must be made to end the conflict in Yemen and end the suffering of the Yemeni people. And the United Nations looks forward to continuing it work with the parties to achieve this goal.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Meanwhile, the humanitarian coordinator in Yemen David Gressly visited Marib in the weekend to see first-hand the growing humanitarian impact of renewed hostilities in the Governorate. During the visit, Gressly met with local authorities, including the Governor of Marib, and with humanitarian partners on the ground. He also visited two displacement sites where he met with internally displaced people and community members. Up to 15,000 people have been displaced from Marib since fighting escalated in early February; many of them live in extremely precarious conditions.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“You will have seen that the points in the announcement today closely track with what Martin Griffiths said in the Security Council last week. You saw the points that Mr Griffiths made about the need for a ceasefire, for opening up the Sanaa Airport, for fuel and other deliveries to the Port of Hodeidah. And this is in keeping with what he said at that point, and so we believe it is aligned closely with the efforts we're making.”
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STORYLINE
The United Nations welcomed today's announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of its intention to “undertake a number of measures to help end the conflict in Yemen, which align with the UN's initiative,” according to a spokesperson.

Speaking at a virtual press conference today (22 Mar), UN spokesperson Farhan Haq welcomed Saudi support for UN efforts adding that UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has been working to “secure a nationwide ceasefire, the reopening of Sanaa Airport to civilian traffic, allowing additional fuel and commodities to enter Hodeidah Port, and resuming the political process to end the conflict.”

Haq added, “There is no doubt that every effort must be made to end the conflict in Yemen and end the suffering of the Yemeni people. And the United Nations looks forward to continuing it work with the parties to achieve this goal.”

Asked if the Saudi announcement was a join initiative, Haq reiterated that it was “aligned closely with the efforts” made by the UN. He explained, “You will have seen that the points in the announcement today closely track with what Martin Griffiths said in the Security Council last week. You saw the points that Mr Griffiths made about the need for a ceasefire, for opening up the Sanaa Airport, for fuel and other deliveries to the Port of Hodeidah. And this is in keeping with what he said at that point, and so we believe it is aligned closely with the efforts we're making.”

Turning to the situation in Marib, Haq said the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen David Gressly visited Marib in the weekend to see first-hand the growing humanitarian impact of renewed hostilities in the Governorate. He added, “During the visit, Gressly met with local authorities, including the Governor of Marib, and with humanitarian partners on the ground. He also visited two displacement sites where he met with internally displaced people and community members.”

The UN spokesperson said up to 15,000 people have been displaced from Marib since fighting escalated in early February; “many of them live in extremely precarious conditions.”
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