The UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, warned of the repercussions of the Houthi attack on the city of Marib.
The UN envoy said, in press statements, today, Wednesday, that: “The Houthi attack on Ma’rib has caused successive repercussions in the country.”
Grundberg renewed the warning of undermining the chances of reaching a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Yemen, due to the attack on Marib, which has been going on for more than 10 months.
Today, Wednesday, Grundberg concluded her visit to Cairo, where he met with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and they discussed the importance of Yemen’s stability for the region, and the joint responsibility of countries in the region to avoid further escalation in Yemen, as well as the need to support Yemenis in order to reach a political settlement to end the conflict to be reached through negotiation, according to a statement issued by the Office of the UN Envoy.
The statement indicated that Grundberg also met with a diverse group of Yemeni women and men, including parliamentarians, representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, and media professionals. Participants stressed the need to de-escalate violence, and focused on the impact of the economic downturn on the lives of civilians. Mr. Grundberg consulted with Yemeni participants on ways to initiate an inclusive political dialogue that would place the parties’ demands in the context of a broader Yemeni agenda that includes political, economic, and security priorities.
“Partial solutions will not lead to a sustainable solution,” he said. “There must be equal focus on the immediate priorities to mitigate the impact of the war on civilians, and on the longer-term issues required for a sustainable and just solution to the conflict.”
The statement indicated that the discussions in Cairo included the latest military developments in Yemen, including Hodeidah, and the deteriorating humanitarian situation. He stressed that the ongoing attack on Marib has already caused repercussions across Yemen, and this attack continues to undermine the chances of reaching a negotiated settlement of the conflict.
He added, “There is no sustainable military solution to the conflict in Yemen. All warring parties must de-escalate violence and prioritize the interests of civilians over military gains.”