Griffiths confirms his commitment to reach a political settlement in Yemen13/12/2020
The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Mr. Martin Griffiths, confirmed on Thursday 10/12/2020 his commitment to help the parties to the conflict reach a political settlement that allows all Yemenis to contribute to shaping the country's future.
Addressing a group of Yemeni journalists, Griffiths said, "I am committed to helping the parties reach a political settlement that does not deprive Yemenis of their right to hold their leaders accountable and their right to equal citizenship."
"I am committed to a political process that, I hope, will allow all Yemenis to contribute to shaping the future of Yemen," he added.
The UN envoy expressed his concern about what he described as "the shrinking margin of freedom of the media and the threats that journalists face regarding their personal safety, threats of arrest, death sentences, and even assassination."
"I will continue to urge the parties to respect freedom of the press," he added.
For nearly six years, Yemen has been witnessing a bloody conflict between the internationally recognized government backed by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthis backed by Iran, which led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with 80 percent of the population in need of aid.
The United Nations, through its Special Envoy for Yemen Mr. Martin Griffiths, is making great efforts to reach a political settlement to end the crisis through the "joint declaration" that includes a comprehensive ceasefire and the resumption of political consultations as soon as possible, in addition to humanitarian arrangements to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of the conflict.