09 Aug 2018 - Amman 09 August 2018 - I am deeply shocked by the appalling tragedy that claimed so many innocent lives today in Saada including children under the age of 15.
My heart goes out to the parents of those who were killed.
This should urge us all to exert more efforts to end the conflict through an inclusive intra-Yemeni dialogue.
08 Aug 2018 - Amman, 8 August 2018 – The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, convened a consultative meeting of 22 public Yemeni figures and women activists, in the United Kingdom on 7 August 2018.
02 Aug 2018 - Madam President, Members of this Council,
We meet at an important time. It has been two years – two years - too long since the Yemeni people had the chance for a negotiated end to this war. Today, therefore, as we meet we have the chance to weigh the opportunities for peace. And I hope to begin the difficult and uncertain journey away from war.
04 Jul 2018 - Wednesday, 4 July 2018- Sana’a International Airport
I would like to thank my hosts in Sana’a for their warm reception over the last two days and during this critical time for Yemen. During this visit, I have held meetings with the leaders and representatives of Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress.
29 Jun 2018 - “Events on the battlefield” are the main spoiler to the peace process in Yemen, but political negotiations are the top overall priority for resolving the conflict, according to the UN’s envoy for the country, speaking exclusively to UN News.
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21 Jun 2018 - Amman 21 June 2018 - I will continue my consultations with all parties to avoid further military escalation in Hudaydah, which I fear would have severe political and humanitarian consequences.
My priority now is to avoid a military confrontation in Hudaydah and to swiftly return to political negotiations.
13 Jun 2018 - I am extremely concerned about the military developments in Hudaydah. Further military escalation will have serious consequences on the dire humanitarian situation in the country and will have an impact on my efforts to resume political negotiations to reach an inclusive political settlement to the conflict in Yemen. I cannot overemphasize that there is no military solution to the conflict.
05 Jun 2018 - Sana’a International Airport, 5 June 2018 - I am pleased to have visited Sana’a again. I had very productive meetings with senior leaders of Ansarallah and the General People’s Congress on my vision for the peace process which I will discuss with the Security Council later this month. I am encouraged by the reactions I received during this trip and during my meetings with the Government of Yemen and regional players over the last few weeks.
15 May 2018 - The Special Envoy is making good progress towards the production of a framework for negotiations as promised in his briefing to the UN Security Council in April. He plans to put that to the council in the first half of June.
17 Apr 2018 - Mr. President,
I took up my assignment as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen. It began on 11 March. I approached this with gratitude to the Secretary-General for his trust, and a sense of privilege that I might get the chance to do something to bring this great tragedy to a belated end. Privilege coupled, I hope, with due humility in the face of the complexity and urgency of the challenge.
2018 ‘terrifying’ for Yemenis but ultimately a ‘year for hope’, says UN Special Envoy
It has been a “terrifying” year for Yemenis but ultimately one of hope, as December talks in Sweden yielded a ceasefire around a key port city with the promise of further substantive consultations between the warring parties next month, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, told UN News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
Despite the “remarkable” recent progress, Yemen continues to suffer from a humanitarian crisis described by the UN as the worst in the world, together with fighting between Government and Houthi movement opposition forces across the country, said Martin Griffiths, who said “it’s still going to be a hard slog to make it work according to plan”.
Read the main highlights of the interview at UN News
Martin Griffiths: Track II efforts complement official negotiations, and lay the foundation for peace-building in Yemen
The Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, stressed the importance of ongoing Track II efforts, as complementary to official negotiations in Yemen, indicating that it is crucial to work on peace-building in Yemen, in parallel to official diplomatic efforts, known as Track I, to end the war. He added that “the real work in Yemen starts the day after we reach a political deal. We should all work to prepare for that day.