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16-Aug-2023 00:03:26
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, told the Security Council that despite hostilities having not returned to pre-truce levels, “intermittent fighting” continues and “there have been public threats to return to war.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 16 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen:
“Despite the expiration of the truce last October, hostilities on the frontlines have not returned to pre-truce levels and civilian casualty numbers have significantly declined. However, intermittent fighting and exchanges of fire have continued on some frontlines, particularly in Ta’iz, Ma’rib, Dhale’, Hodeida, Shabwa, and Sa’ada. Against this backdrop, there have been public threats to return to war. This rhetoric is not conducive to maintaining a fruitful mediation environment. I call on the parties to refrain from escalatory rhetoric and to continue to use and build on dialogue channels established under the truce through the Military Coordination Committee to de-escalate incidents.”
4. Wide shot, Council dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen:
“The fragility of the situation and its impact on Yemeni women and men highlight the urgent need to reach a consensus on the way forward. My Office is working to convene the parties to address some of their immediate priorities to build confidence and move toward an inclusive and sustainable political settlement. Trust levels are low, and partial solutions risk being perceived as reversible and providing only temporary relief. For this reason, I continue to pursue a more comprehensive approach that addresses both the immediate and longer-term political, economic, military and security issues.”
6. Wide shot, Council dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen:
“Humanitarian workers should never be a target. Any loss of life in humanitarian service is an unacceptable tragedy for the United Nations and for the people who benefit from the humanitarian community’s lifesaving assistance. While the United Nations family mourns the loss of Moayad, I am greatly relieved about the recent release of our five UN colleagues, who were kidnapped in Abyan governorate in February 2022.”
8. Wide shot, OCHA’s Edem Wosornu addressing Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Edem Wosornu, Director of Operations and Advocacy, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“This is the culmination of years of tireless advocacy, collaboration and innovative problem-solving. It is a significant milestone, and I commend the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, David Gressly, and the United Nations Development Programme, for stepping up and taking on this colossal task. However, the work does not stop here. We must now complete the second phase of the operation in accordance with our agreements with the relevant authorities.”
10. Wide shot, Ambassador Abdullah al-Saadi addressing Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdullah al-Saadi, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Yemen:
“This is an opportunity for us to bring an end to the Yemeni conflict, but this requires above all a true will to bring an end to the war, and to achieve peace, to accept others, and to denounce the principle of divine right to power. It will also require synergies and joint efforts on the part of regional and international stakeholders.”
12. Wide shot, end of Council session
STORYLINE
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, today (16 Aug) told the Security Council that despite hostilities having not returned to pre-truce levels, “intermittent fighting” continues and “there have been public threats to return to war.”

Grundberg said, “this rhetoric is not conducive to maintaining a fruitful mediation environment,” and called on the parties “to refrain from escalatory rhetoric and to continue to use and build on dialogue channels established under the truce through the Military Coordination Committee to de-escalate incidents.”

He said, “the fragility of the situation and its impact on Yemeni women and men highlight the urgent need to reach a consensus on the way forward.”

His Office, the Special Envoy said, “is working to convene the parties to address some of their immediate priorities to build confidence and move toward an inclusive and sustainable political settlement.”

He noted that “trust levels are low, and partial solutions risk being perceived as reversible and providing only temporary relief” and added that he continues “to pursue a more comprehensive approach that addresses both the immediate and longer-term political, economic, military and security issues.”

Grundberg condemned the murder of World Food Programme (WFP) staff member, Moayad Hameidi, in Taiz governorate on 21 July and stressed that “humanitarian workers should never be a target.”

He said, “any loss of life in humanitarian service is an unacceptable tragedy for the United Nations and for the people who benefit from the humanitarian community’s lifesaving assistance.”

The Special Envoy said he was “greatly relieved about the recent release of our five UN colleagues, who were kidnapped in Abyan governorate in February 2022.”

In her briefing to the Council, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Director of Operations and Advocacy, Edem Wosornu, spoke about the environmental threat that was averted after the completion of the ship-to-ship transfer of more than one million barrels of oil from the FSO Safer to a replacement vessel on 11 August.

Wosornu said, “this is the culmination of years of tireless advocacy, collaboration and innovative problem-solving. It is a significant milestone, and I commend the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, David Gressly, and the United Nations Development Programme, for stepping up and taking on this colossal task. However, the work does not stop here. We must now complete the second phase of the operation in accordance with our agreements with the relevant authorities.”

For his part, Yemeni Ambassador Abdullah al-Saadi said the FSO Safer operation is “an opportunity for us to bring an end to the Yemeni conflict, but this requires above all a true will to bring an end to the war, and to achieve peace, to accept others, and to denounce the principle of divine right to power.”

The United Nations needs to close a $22 million funding gap in order to complete the second phase of the operation.
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