Safety of civilians in key Yemeni port, ‘intrinsically’ linked to restarting long-term peace negotiations: UN Special Envoy

28 June 2018

A deal which would see the United Nations take control of Yemen’s most important port, and prevent full-scale conflict there that could leave millions more in need, must be seen in the context of restarting long-term political talks towards a lasting peace.

That’s the firm view of Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, speaking exclusively to UN News, following days of intensive mediation efforts involving Houthi rebels – who currently control the port of Hodeida – and the Saudi-led coalition forces, which include the Yemeni government.

Mr. Griffiths told Reem Abaza, that leaders of the main Houthi political movement, known as Ansar Allah, had agreed along with the government that the UN should take a leading role, and that he hoped talks over the future of Yemen’s brutal three-year conflict could begin again soon.

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