UN Yemen mediator to come up with talks framework in two months

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UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Yemen mediator Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that he plans to put to the 15-member body a framework for negotiations to end the conflict within two months.

Submitting his first report to the Security Council, Griffiths said there are no guarantees for the success of negotiations in Yemen without confidence and goodwill and the conflict will not be resolved without agreement between leaders.

He added that the legitimate government in Yemen has expressed its readiness to help achieve peace, stressing that peace will not be achieved without listening to and involving Yemenis in the south.

“We will work to reach an agreement acceptable to all Yemeni parties,” said Griffiths, noting that all parties must cooperate to reopen Sanaa airport.
He also warned that there were unconfirmed reports that “movements of forces in Yemen are on the increase” and that the prospect of intensive military operations around Hodeidah port might be forthcoming.

Griffiths also expressed concern over the rockets launched from Yemen towards Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Saudi-led Coalition and the Yemeni National Army on Tuesday downed two Iranian drones, as reported by Al-Arabiya.

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