UN Envoy: will present a plan within two months to re-launch negotiations

NEW YORK, The United Nations Special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said Tuesday that he will present a plan within two months to re-launch negotiations to end the war but warned that missile strikes on Saudi Arabia risked derailing the effort.

Submitting his first report to the Security Council, Griffiths said there are no guarantees for the success of negotiations in Yemen without confidence and goodwill and the conflict will not be resolved without agreement between leaders.

Addressing the Security Council, Griffiths said a possible sharp escalation from the missile attacks on Saudi Arabia and intensified fighting could “in a stroke, take peace off the table.” “My plan is to put to the council within the next two months a framework for negotiations,” Griffiths said in his first council report since taking over as special envoy in February.

Griffiths added that the legitimate government in Yemen has expressed its readiness to help achieve peace, stressing that peace will not be achieved without listening to and involving Yemenis in the south.

“We will work to reach an agreement acceptable to all Yemeni parties,” said Griffiths, noting that all parties must cooperate to reopen Sanaa airport.

Griffiths also warned that there were unconfirmed reports that “movements of forces in Yemen are on the increase” and that the prospect of intensive military operations around Hodidah port might be forthcoming.

Griffiths cited the increased number of ballistic missile launches, intensified military operations in northwest Saada governorate, ongoing air strikes and movements of forces in the Hodidah region as worrisome developments.

“Our concern is that any of these developments may, in a stroke, take peace off the table. I am convinced that there is a real danger of this,” said the envoy.

War-wracked Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations, with 75 percent of the population, 22 million people, in need of aid, seven million of whom are at risk of famine. (

Source: Kuwait News Agency