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UN Envoy Grundberg Urges Action on Yemen Peace Amid Escalating Tensions

Hans Grund berg's Call for Global Support as Yemen's Fragile Peace Faces Mounting Challenges


Cover photo: UN Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg in the Security Council. Image source: Office of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen


Summary

UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, briefed the Security Council on Yemen's current situation.

• Acknowledged recent progress in mediation, including a ceasefire commitment and improved living conditions.

• Noted the complexity of the mediation landscape due to regional tensions and military escalations in the Red Sea.

• Expressed concern about escalating tensions within Yemen, citing clashes and economic challenges.

• Emphasized the importance of maintaining calm and protecting peace negotiations progress.

• Outlined three immediate priorities: regional de-escalation, cessation of public provocations, and safeguarding peace negotiations progress.

• Emphasized the importance of a credible, internationally-supported intra-Yemeni political process.

• Urged the Security Council to continue supporting mediation efforts and prioritize the peace process.

 

UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, briefed the Security Council, on 14 Feb

2024, on the current situation in Yemen, highlighting the challenges facing the region and the need for continued international support for peace efforts.


Grundberg began by acknowledging the recent progress made in mediation efforts in Yemen, including a nationwide ceasefire commitment and measures to improve living conditions. However, he noted that the mediation landscape has become more complex, with regional tensions and military escalations in the Red Sea affecting peace efforts.


Grundberg expressed concern about escalating tensions within Yemen, citing reports of clashes and economic challenges. He emphasized the importance of maintaining calm on the frontlines and protecting progress made in peace negotiations.


While acknowledging the challenges, Grundberg outlined three immediate priorities for creating an off-ramp to the current escalatory cycle: regional de-escalation, cessation of public provocations and military opportunism within Yemen, and refocusing on safeguarding the progress made in peace negotiations.


Grundberg emphasized the importance of a credible, internationally-supported intra-Yemeni political process as the backbone of peace efforts. He highlighted the potential benefits of peace, including economic revival and improved access to essential services for Yemenis.


In closing, Grundberg called on the Security Council to continue supporting mediation efforts and urged member states to prioritize the peace process in Yemen. He emphasized that Yemenis deserve a chance at peace and urged collective action to protect the mediation space.


The briefing underscored the urgent need for international cooperation to address the complex challenges facing Yemen and the region.


 

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