UN to un­veil new Ye­men peace plan in 2 months

Khaleej Times - - MIDDLE EAST -

new york — The United Na­tions’ new peace en­voy for Ye­men said Tues­day 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.

Ad­dress­ing the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Mar­tin 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 cited the in­creased num­ber of bal­lis­tic mis­sile launches, in­ten­si­fied mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in north­west Saada gover­norate, on­go­ing air strikes and move­ments of forces in the Hodei­dah re­gion as wor­ri­some de­vel­op­ments.

“Our con­cern is that any of these de­vel­op­ments may, in a stroke,

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 Mar­tin Grif­fiths, UN peace en­voy

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 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion — 22 mil­lion peo­ple — in need of aid, seven mil­lion of whom are at risk of famine.

More than 9,200 peo­ple have been killed since the Saudi-led al­liance joined the Ye­men war, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

A cholera out­break has also killed 2,000 peo­ple and in­fected one mil­lion. —

AP

Col. Turki Al Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coali­tion, watches as of­fi­cials un­cover a wreck­age from Ira­nian-Houthi drones dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Kho­bar, Saudi Ara­bia. The coali­tion warned Houthis of a ‘painful’ re­sponse if they con­tinue to mount new at­tacks on Saudi Ara­bia. —

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