UN / YEMEN

15-Aug-2022 00:02:09
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said that “we need to end the conflict, not merely manage it.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 15 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

15 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“Failure to reach an agreement to extend the truce would lead to renewed cycles of escalation and violence, with predictable and devastating consequences for Yemen’s population. Yemen urgently needs to avoid this scenario. And I call on the parties to make the choice to build the necessary confidence to avoid a return to war and to begin to build a lasting peace.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“From the beginning, I have made it clear that the truce is an interim measure that
aims to halt hostilities and address urgent humanitarian and economic needs.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations:
“We have a joint responsibility
in helping Yemen and its population to take the necessary and decisive steps towards
peace. We need to end the conflict, not merely manage it.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghada Mudawi, Acting Director, Operations and Advocacy Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“While we welcome the truce and its extension, we must also be clear-eyed about its
limitations. Ongoing violence and civilian casualties inside the country are one such
limitation. Yemen’s massive humanitarian crisis is another. The truce alone cannot be expected to resolve this crisis, including the risk of famine that threatens some areas.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdullah al-Saadi, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Yemen:
“Once again, we reaffirm that we will continue to ensure that the humanitarian truce is successful. We will continue to implement all its provisions and build upon it to ensure a comprehensive ceasefire to end the conflict, alleviate humanitarian suffering, and facilitate the lives of the Yemeni people, which are suffering under the role of Houthi militias.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said, “we need to end the conflict, not merely manage it.”

Briefing the Security Council today (15 Aug) in New York, Grundberg that “failure to reach an agreement to extend the truce would lead to renewed cycles of escalation and violence, with predictable and devastating consequences for Yemen’s population. Yemen urgently needs to avoid this scenario.”

The Special Envoy called on the parties to choose to build the necessary confidence to avoid a return to war and to begin to build a lasting peace.

Two weeks ago, the parties agreed to extend the truce in Yemen under the same terms for another two months, from 2 August 2022 until 2 October.

This truce extension includes a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible.

On the implementation of the current truce, Grundberg said that it continues to hold in military terms.

He noted that no major military operations or changes to frontlines have occurred, and there have been neither confirmed airstrikes inside Yemen nor cross-border attacks emanating from Yemen.

The Special Envoy also said there is a significant decline in civilian casualties, with the first week of August seeing the lowest civilian casualty count since the start of the truce and the beginning of the war.

A worrying development is an increase in child casualties, which now constitute about 40 percent of reported civilian casualties.

The Special Envoy said that road openings in Taiz and other governorates continue to be at the forefront of his efforts.

He also said that the flow of fuel imports to Hodeidah port continues with the extension of the truce.

Since the start of the truce, 33 ships were cleared to enter Hodeidah port, bringing in almost one million metric tons of various fuel products.

Regarding the opening of Sana’a International Airport to commercial flights, Grundberg said that to date, 31 round-trip flights operated to and from Sana’a, transporting more than 15,000 passengers.

“From the beginning, I have made it clear that the truce is an interim measure that aims to halt hostilities and address urgent humanitarian and economic needs,” stressed the Special Envoy.

He continued saying that his proposal for the expanded truce agreement includes: 1) an agreement on a transparent and effective disbursement mechanism for the regular payment of civil servant salaries and civilian pensions; 2) the opening of additional roads in Taiz and other governorates; 3) additional destinations to and from Sana’a International Airport; 4) regular flow of fuel to the ports of Hodeidah.

According to Grundberg, an expanded agreement would provide for movement along a multi-track process to address additional humanitarian and economic issues and create a more conducive environment to start discussions on a durable ceasefire and prepare for the resumption of a Yemeni-led political process under UN auspices.

The Special Envoy said that he would continue to count on the support of the international community for the truce's implementation, extension, and expansion.

“We have a joint responsibility in helping Yemen and its population to take the necessary and decisive steps towards peace,” he concluded.

Also addressing the Security Council, the Acting Director for OCHA’s Operations and Advocacy, Ghada Eltahir Mudawi, on behalf of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said, “While we welcome the truce and its extension, we must also be clear-eyed about its limitations. Ongoing violence and civilian casualties inside the country are one such limitation. Yemen’s massive humanitarian crisis is another.

She continued, “The truce alone cannot be expected to resolve this crisis, including the risk of famine that threatens some areas.”

Also at the Security Council, Abdullah al-Saadi, Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations, said, “we reaffirm that we will continue to ensure that the humanitarian truce is successful. We will continue to implement all its provisions and build upon it to ensure a comprehensive ceasefire to end the conflict, alleviate humanitarian suffering, and facilitate the lives of the Yemeni people, which are suffering under the role of Houthi militias.”
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