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UN Urges Immediate Yemen Cease-Fire    05/13 06:13


   UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate 
halt to fighting in Yemen on Wednesday, saying that only a lasting cease-fire 
and political settlement can end the six-year conflict in the Arab world's 
poorest nation and the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

   In calling for a cessation of hostilities, the council singled out the 
military escalation by Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in the oil-rich 
central province of Marib, the internationally recognized government's last 
stronghold in Yemen's northern half. The offensive has put at risk an estimated 
1 million civilians who have fled there since 2015 to escape fighting elsewhere.

   The council's press statement followed a briefing by U.N. special envoy 
Martin Griffiths, who said he couldn't emphasize enough that the more than 
yearlong Houthi offensive "has caused an astonishing loss of life, including 
children who have been mercilessly thrown into the battle."

   Displaced people in Marib are living in fear for their lives, he said, "and 
the offensive has been until now constantly disrupting peace efforts."

   In 2014, the Houthis overran the capital, Sanaa, and much of Yemen's north, 
driving the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi into exile. A 
U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition intervened the following year against the 
Houthis seeking to restore Hadi's rule.

   The intensified fighting in Marib has come amid an international and 
regional diplomatic push to end the conflict.

   "The longer the Marib offensive goes on, the greater the risk to Yemen's 
broader stability and social cohesion," Griffiths warned. "It may lead to the 
transfer of conflict to other areas in Yemen, including those which have 
remained mercifully far from the main theaters of conflict. Yemen is an 
unstable country, easily destabilized."

   Griffiths expressed fear the Marib offensive may suggest to some that the 
war can be won militarily, but he said military conquest will only fuel further 
cycles of violence and unrest. He said Yemen can only be governed effectively 
by an "inclusive partnership" of "different political forces and components."

   U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the council that about 25,000 
people have fled the fighting in Marib, many for the second or third time. If 
the fighting doesn't stop, he said, "aid agencies fear up to 385,000 people 
could be displaced in the coming months."

   Lowcock warned that "famine is still stalking the country, with five million 
people just a step away from starving," and COVID-19 cases are still surging, 
"pushing the health care system to collapse." Famine, disease and other 
miseries are the result of the war and that is why "it is so important to stop 
the fighting," he said.

   Since March 2020, Griffiths has been trying to get the Houthis and the 
government to commit to a nationwide cease-fire, to reopen Sanaa airport to 
commercial traffic, ensure an uninterrupted flow of fuel and commodities 
through the main port of Hodeida, and to resume a political process aimed at 
reaching a political settlement.

   "I am here to say that a deal is still very much possible," Griffiths told 
the council.

   "There is strong international backing and there is regional momentum for 
the U.N.'s efforts," he said, expressing gratitude to Oman, Saudi Arabia, the 
United States and others. They are working closely and "without any differences 
between us," he said.

   Griffiths said the differences between the parties in Yemen "are not 
unbridgeable" and "a deal can be achieved easily, very quickly," if both sides 

   But he told the council that on several occasions during negotiations, the 
Houthis refused to meet with him, including recently. "To say this sends a 
wrong signal is an understatement," he said.

   Security Council members expressed support for Griffiths "and expressed 
their expectation that the Houthis meet him soon."

   Shortly after the council meeting ended, Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres 
announced the appointment of Griffiths as the U.N.'s next humanitarian chief, 
replacing Lowcock. But Guterres said Griffiths will continue to serve as the 
U.N.'s top envoy for Yemen "until a transition has been announced."

   In the coming weeks, Griffiths said, all countries should push the parties, 
in particular the Houthis, to conclude negotiations so the fighting stops.

   "And I would like to be able to resolve that before we meet again," he said.

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