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Switzerland: War in Yemen is ’eminently resolvable’ – UN Special Envoy for Yemen

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United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths told reporters that the war in Yemen is ’eminently resolvable’ at the UN Geneva headquarters, on Tuesday.

Calling it ”quite remarkable, and unexpected’,’ Griffiths expressed his contempt with the commitment shown to the Stockholm Agreement by the warring Yemeni parties, in which they agreed to a cease-fire in December 2018.

Griffiths however, did not eliminate the possibility of an escalated regional conflict, calling for swift action in the face of critical humanitarian conditions; “The longer this goes on, not only is it that the longer people will die from hunger and conflict, but that the solution becomes more difficult.”

The conflict in Yemen, which began in March 2015 with a Saudi-Arabia-led coalition bombing campaign to oust the the Houthis and reinstate the former leader Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, has killed tens of thousands and left the country’s economy in ruins. According to recent UN reports, almost 80 per cent of the Yemeni population – some 24 million people – are in need of assistance and protection, with millions facing starvation.

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