Despite the admittedly very grim picture, we had some limited progress this month. The parties held the 6th joint meeting of the RCC. The tripartite ceasefire and de-escalation mechanism is now live and a joint operations centre has already been set up.
Briefings to the Security Council
We have presented a proposal to the parties to make further progress on implementing the first phase of the Hudaydah agreement. I expect a final, official response from both by the 25th of August, and I am confident that will be forthcoming.
Our way forward is clear and supported by international consensus: implement the Hodeida agreement and engage swiftly the parties on a settlement the outlines of which, are well known to all.
The continued dialogue between the parties to implement the Stockholm agreement is significant, but it is not enough for the Yemeni people. They want their suffering to end now and not tomorrow.
Progress in the implementation of the Hudaydah agreement. Between 11-14 May, Ansar Allah have undertaken an initial redeployment of forces from the ports of Al-Hudaydah, Saleef and Ras Issa under UN monitoring.
Both parties have now accepted the detailed redeployment plan, prepared by General Michael for phase one of the redeployments in Hodeida.
The parties have agreed to redeploy from the ports of Saleef and Ras Isa in a first step, followed by a redeployment from Hudaydah port itself and critical parts of the city of Hudaydah associated with humanitarian facilities in Step 2.
There is a sense of optimism as well as concern. The substantial progress, particularly on Hudaydah of course, is something that we would like to see before we convene the next consultations.
After two and half years of missed opportunities, it is fair to say that the political process to find a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Yemen has finally resumed.
This is a crucial moment for Yemen. I have received firm assurances from the leadership of the Yemeni parties; the government of Yemen and Ansar Allah, that they are committed to attending the consultations in Sweden.
Disappointed that we were unable to bring the delegation from Sana’a to Geneva. Will continue my discussions by visiting Muscat and Sana’a
Parties invited to a first of consultations on September 6th in Geneva.
The first briefing of the new Envoy Martin Griffiths. " My plan is to put to this Council within the next two months a framework for negotiations".
Last Security briefing of Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheick Ahmad. "We were about to reach agreement on a peace proposal, developed in consultation with the parties, but they refused to sign in the last minute".
Discussing a new proposal that includes humanitarian initiatives to rebuild trust and steps to bring the parties back to the negotiations table
A proposal seeking to ensure the safe and uninterrupted functioning of the port of Hodeida
Focus on the Hodeidah port and the surrounding area to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian supplies and commercial goods
The reluctance of the key parties to embrace the concessions needed for peace remains extremely troubling
Proposals based mainly on the outcomes of Kuwait talks, and are intended to ease the path towards a comprehensive peace agreement
The talks in Kuwait did not yield an agreement but the architecture of a roadmap emerged, which we will expand upon in the coming weeks.
Participants to the Kuwait peace talks have discussed sensitive issues including: military withdrawals, security arrangements and the handover of weapons, political issues and ways to improve the economic and humanitarian situation, and the release of prisoners and detainees.
Ongoing preparations of the Kuwait talks scheduled to commence on 18 April and aim to reach a comprehensive agreement, which will allow the resumption of inclusive political dialogue
Seeking to ensure that some of the positive commitments which emerged from the talks in Switzerland were implemented
Roadmap for the creation of military and security committees, which would supervise withdrawals and the handover of weapons in Sanaa, Hodeida and Taiz presented .
Missed opportunities weigh heavily on the well-being of the people of Yemen, their future and the future of their country