UN Envoy Martin Griffiths: Only serious commitment can end the war in Yemen

UN Envoy Martin Griffiths: Only serious commitment can end the war in Yemen

The UN Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Wednesday, in a new briefing to the UN Security Council, that only a serious and studied commitments of the leaders responsible for the conflict would end ongoing war in Yemen.

“The time has come to take final and required decisions that lead to beginning negotiations and joint declaration,” he affirmed.

In the briefing, Griffiths expressed his concern about the escalation of fighting from time to time, especially in the provinces of Ma’rib and Taiz, and the repeated shelling that has destroyed homes, schools and hospitals in a number of Yemeni areas.

The UN envoy called on the conflicting parties to adhere to the obligations being imposed by international law to protect civilian lives and civilian infrastructure.

“The United Nations has been trying for months to find solutions to assess the Safir tanker’s situation, carry out preliminary reforms and formulate recommendations about the necessary measures to avoid any oil spillage,” Griffiths added, stating that “talks about this have been constructive.”

The UN Envoy said, “We need to succeed in tje Riyadh Agreement signed by the Saudi-backed exiled Hadi government and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC),” calling the two sides to implement it and achieve the peace process.

Griffiths stressed the importance of the invader staking a decision to end the war and lift the siege for reach for a political solution and the end of the suffering of the Yemeni people.