UN envoy says return to struggle in Yemen “actual”

CAIRO — The U.N. envoy for Yemen warned that the danger of a return to combating “is actual,” urging combatants to simply accept an extended extension of the present ceasefire resulting from expire subsequent month.

Hans Grundberg’s stark warning late Tuesday got here after he met in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, with Rashad al-Alimi, head of the internationally acknowledged presidential council, and in Oman’s capital of Muscat with Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the chief negotiator of the Houthi rebels. He additionally met with Saudi and Omani officers to push for a cease-fire extension.

Grundberg mentioned in an announcement he mentioned a U.N. proposal to resume the truce for an extended time “to offer Yemenis the chance to make progress on a wider basket of priorities.”

“We’re at a crossroads the place the danger of a return to struggle is actual and I’m urging the events to decide on another that prioritizes the wants of the Yemeni individuals,” he mentioned.

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The efforts to resume the cease-fire have come as the 2 sides held navy parades in territories below their management. The internationally acknowledged authorities held parades on the anniversary of 1962 rebellion in opposition to the Imamate rule in northern Yemen.

Essentially the most notable parade was held by the Houthis final week within the capital of Sanaa, the place they showcased quite a lot of weapons — together with missiles and drones — which resemble these produced by Iran, their foremost backer within the struggle. The Houthi parades had been a celebration of their seizure of the capital Sanaa in Sep. 2014, which triggered the present civil struggle.

The U.N. envoy didn’t supply particulars on his proposal.

Nabil Jamel, a authorities negotiator, mentioned the U.N. proposal consists of methods to pay civilian servants in Houthi-held territories and reopen roads of blockaded cities, together with Taiz. He didn’t elaborate.

Reopening the roads of Taiz and different provinces are a part of the U.N.-brokered truce, which took impact in early April and was prolonged twice, the second time till October 2. Each side reported violations of the cease-fire. The truce established a partial reopening of Sanaa airport to business flights, and allowed gasoline vessels to the port of Hodeida.

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Abdul-Salam, the Houthi official in Oman, referred to as for a everlasting opening of Sanaa airport and the Pink Sea ports in Hodeida, together with paying salaries and pensions, earlier than partaking in political talks.

“There is no such thing as a seriousness or credibility for any speak about peace in Yemen earlier than the implementation of those pressing humanitarian points,” he mentioned on Twitter.

The truce has been the longest lull of combating in Yemen’s struggle, now in its eighth yr. It has introduced aid for Yemenis who’ve suffered from a decade of political turmoil and battle.

Yemen’s brutal civil struggle started in 2014, when the Houthis seized Sanaa and far of northern Yemen and compelled the federal government into exile. A Saudi-led coalition entered the struggle in early 2015 to strive restore the internationally acknowledged authorities to energy.

The battle has created one of many world’s worst humanitarian crises and over time became a regional proxy struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Greater than 150,000 individuals have been killed, together with over 14,500 civilians.

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