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UN envoy says Yemen ports deal is chance for peace talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen says the beginning of the pullout of forces from three key ports provides an opportunity to move to the major goal of ending the four-year conflict that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Martin Griffiths told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that Yemen’s government […]
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Deal to free Hodeidah may open way for aid in Yemen, UN envoy says

Accord between government and Houthis ‘helped avoid bloody slaughterhouse’A breakthrough agreement on the pullback of forces around the Red Sea port of Hodeidah may open the way for a large increase in the flow of aid into Yemen and prevent the country turning into a “bloody slaughterhouse”, Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen said.The breakthrough was made at the weekend between military officials from the Yemen government and Houthi fighters controlling the port and city, and the ...
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UN envoy arrives in Yemen to discuss truce around port city

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the “complex situation” in and around the key port city of Hodeida. The Houthi rebels say their leader, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, met with Griffiths on Sunday to discuss the implementation of peace deals from December talks […]
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U.N. says grain stores in Yemen's Hodeidah 'at risk of rotting'

The U.N. special envoy to Yemen on Monday said the urgency of accessing grain stores trapped in a frontline position in the port city of Hodeidah was increasing as the food was "at risk of rotting". The World Food Programme grain stores at the Red Sea Mills are enough to feed 3.7 million people for a month and have been inaccessible for more than five months, Martin Griffiths said. Yemen's almost four-year war has killed tens of thousands of people, collapsed the economy and brought millions o...
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Yemen’s warring parties discuss stalled prisoner exchange

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Yemen’s government and the Houthi rebels are meeting in Jordan for talks on implementing a stalled prisoner exchange agreed upon in December. The U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths says Tuesday the three-day meeting aims to “finalize the list of prisoners and detainees to be released and exchanged.” A Red Cross official said […]
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UN envoy reported ‘optimistic’ on Yemen cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths “is optimistic” that a cease-fire in Yemen’s key port of Hodeida is holding despite some violations and that Yemen’s government and Houthi Shiite rebels are committed to redeploying their forces from the area, Kuwait’s U.N. ambassador said Thursday. Mansour Al-Otaibi said Griffiths told the Security Council in […]
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Yemen ceasefire is holding, says UN envoy

Martin Griffiths says Saudi Arabia remains intent on reaching deal to end civil warYemen’s fragile ceasefire is holding and Saudi Arabia remains intent on reaching a negotiated end to the four-year-old civil war, Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for the country, has said.Admitting the state of the ceasefire looked dire from the outside, he nevertheless said the key metric for the UN was the absence of offensive military operations to take territory and the end of Saudi airstrikes in the ar...
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Yemen ceasefire looks dire but is holding, says UN envoy

Martin Griffiths says Saudi Arabia remains intent on reaching deal to end civil warYemen’s fragile ceasefire is holding and Saudi Arabia remains intent on reaching a negotiated end to the four-year-old civil war, Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for the country, has said.Admitting the state of the ceasefire looked dire from the outside, he nevertheless said the key metric for the UN was the absence of offensive military operations to take territory and the end of Saudi airstrikes in the ar...
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Saudi pledges to release seven Houthi prisoners after freed Saudi arrives in Riyadh

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said that seven Houthi prisoners will be released, after a Saudi prisoner freed by the group arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday, Saudi state television reported. Saudi prisoner Mousa Awaji was returned on a Red Cross plane from Sanaa on Tuesday due to illness, the Houthi TV channel al-Masirah said, citing Abdulqadir Murtada, a Houthi official. The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomed the Saudi prisoner release, tweeting that he hoped to s...
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Yemen's Houthis release Saudi prisoner

Yemen's Houthi group said on Tuesday it has released a Saudi prisoner, according its TV channel, Al-Masirah. The United Nations special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths welcomed the release on Twitter, saying he hoped to see "more similar humanitarian gestures from the parties," and looked forward to implementation of a prisoner exchange agreement. Yemen's warring parties are yet to agree full terms of a prisoner swap, one of the least contentious confidence-building measures U.N.-sponsored pea...
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Yemen ceasefire: Houthi retreat suffers setback, says UN envoy

Plans for prisoner exchanges have also not gone to plan, says Martin GriffithsDeadlines for a retreat of Houthi troops in Yemen, agreed in talks last month, have had to be delayed, the UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has said. He also conceded plans for prisoner exchanges have not gone to plan.Griffiths also had to deny that the retired general Patrick Cammaert, appointed by the UN to implement the ceasefire in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, had quit due to disagreements with Griffi...
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UK gives £2.5m to help salvage Yemen ceasefire

Foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced funding after UN’s special envoy struggled to gain agreement on confidence building measuresThe UN’s increasingly fraught attempt to salvage a ceasefire in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah that could lead to a wider peace across the war-torn country is to be shored up by extra money from the UK to support the civilian administration of the city.The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced an initial extra £2.5m funding on Tuesday amid signs that the UN speci...
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UN envoy arrives in Yemen on surprise visit

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital, Sanaa, on an unannounced visit to discuss the “complex situation” in and around the coastal city of Hodeida, where Yemen’s warring parties agreed to a cease-fire last month and agreed on a prisoner exchange that has yet to […]
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UN envoy in Yemen for talks on Hodeida truce

The UN envoy for Yemen landed in rebel-held Sanaa Monday for talks aimed at shoring up a truce between rebels and a government alliance in the port city of Hodeida. Diplomat Martin Griffiths landed in the capital at around 10:30 am local time (1330 GMT), an official at Sanaa airport told AFP on condition of anonymity. A UN source confirmed the news, saying Griffiths was in Yemen to "work on the rapid implementation of the Hodeida agreement".
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Yemen peace talks in Amman continue for last of 2 days

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Representatives of Yemen’s warring sides are meeting for a second day in the Jordanian capital for talks on implementing a prisoner exchange agreed to in Sweden last month. The office of U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has described the two-day meeting between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government as a […]
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UN says Yemen’s warring parties meeting in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Representatives of Yemen’s warring sides have arrived in the Jordanian capital for talks on implementing a prisoners exchange agreed to in Sweden last month. Hanan Elbadawi, spokeswoman for U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths said Wednesday the two-day meeting between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government is a “technical one.” She […]
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Yemen ceasefire under strain as Houthi rebels boycott talks, threaten further drone attacks

A nascent truce in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah was dealt a fresh blow over the weekend as Houthi rebels boycotted a UN-brokered peace talks and threatened further drone strikes against pro-government forces.   The threat came days after a Houthi drone attack on a government military parade in the southern province of Lahaj killed several people. A senior intelligence official injured in that attack died of his wounds on Sunday. Yahya Sarea, a Houthi spokesman, called the strike a "legitimate ope...
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Yemen peace deal: envoy upbeat despite UN-recognised government’s claims

Security council hears ceasefire is holding but country says rebels are breaking agreementThe UN’s special envoy for Yemen has given the security council a relatively positive view of the conflict there after the signing of a peace agreement – an assessment that contrasts with that of the UN-recognised government.Martin Griffiths told the UN security council there had been “a significant decrease in hostilities” in Yemen since the parties signed an outline peace agreement in Stockholm last month...
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UN welcomes tepid Yemen cease-fire, urges further progress

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen says much remains to be done to implement a cease-fire signed in Sweden last month, but violence has decreased in a welcome step to de-escalate the conflict between Shiite rebels and government forces. Speaking on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, Martin Griffiths said “this […]
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UN envoy bound for Yemen, Saudi Arabia for Yemen war talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations’ envoy for Yemen is heading to the region this weekend to talk with government and rebel leaders as international efforts aimed at ending Yemen’s civil war continue. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday that envoy Martin Griffiths plans to visit Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, starting Saturday. Griffiths intends […]
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Fierce clashes in Hodeidah cast doubt over ceasefire

Fierce clashes broke out in Yemen’s crucial port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, leading UN and Yemeni officials to delay the "official" start of the hard-fought ceasefire agreed last week. Residents reported skirmishes on the outskirts of town with missiles and automatic gunfire heard near the city's eastern 7th July suburb.  Unconfirmed television reports said that the Saudi-led coalition had launched two airstrikes on Ras Isa, a port north of Hodeidah. On Thursday, the Iran-aligned Houthi re...
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Fierce clashes in Hodeidah lead to delay of ceasefire

Fierce clashes broke out in Yemen’s crucial port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, leading UN and Yemeni officials to delay the "official" start of the hard-fought ceasefire agreed last week. Residents reported skirmishes on the outskirts of town with missiles and automatic gunfire heard near the city's eastern 7th July suburb.  Unconfirmed television reports said that the Saudi-led coalition had launched two airstrikes on Ras Isa, a port north of Hodeidah. On Thursday, the Iran-aligned Houthi re...
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UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen called Friday for the urgent deployment of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces — a potential breakthrough in Yemen’s four-year civil war. Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that a […]
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Yemen's warring sides agree to prisoner swap as peace talks open

Houthi militants and delegates from government sign up to exchange at meeting in Sweden overseen by UN special envoyYemen’s warring sides have agreed to free thousands of prisoners at the start of crucial peace talks in Sweden aimed at ending a devastating conflict that has pushed millions of people to the verge of starvation.Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy, shuttled between Houthi rebels and representatives of the Yemeni government, in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, as UN-sponsored peace tal...
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Yemen's warring sides agree to prisoner swap to free 5,000 people

Houthi militants and delegates from government sign up to exchange at meeting in Sweden overseen by UN special envoyYemen’s warring sides have agreed to free thousands of prisoners at the start of crucial peace talks in Sweden aimed at ending a devastating conflict that has pushed millions of people to the verge of starvation.Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy, shuttled between Houthi rebels and representatives of the Yemeni government, in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, as UN-sponsored peace tal...
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Yemen talks open with prisoner swap that will set 5,000 people free

UN envoy says aims include reopening of Sana’a airport and solution for port of Hodeidah Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to free thousands of prisoners at the start of crucial peace talks aimed at ending a devastating conflict that has pushed millions of people to the verge of starvation.Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy, started shuttling between Houthi rebels and representatives of the Yemeni government, based in a castle just outside Stockholm on Thursday morning. Continue reading...
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UN Yemen envoy flies in with Houthis for fragile Stockholm peace talks

Negotiators from Saudi-backed Hadi government to follow rebels’ team for talks to begin as early as WednesdayThe United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is accompanying a Houthi negotiating team to Stockholm for the first peace talks on the war in the country since 2016, amid fears that one misstep could see the fragile summit collapse.Negotiators from the Saudi-backed government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi are expected to follow the Houthis to Sweden in time for talks...
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Yemen: injured Houthi rebels evacuated, raising hope of peace talks

Fifty fighters will be flown to Muscat on UN plane as confidence-building measureA plane carrying 50 wounded Houthi rebel fighters has left the Yemeni capital Sana’a in a critical confidence-building measure before peace talks can get under way in Stockholm as early as Wednesday.The evacuation on a UN-chartered plane to Muscat, Oman, represents an essential building block to the talks starting. Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy who on Monday arrived in Yemen, is trying to avoid the kind of last-min...
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Senate votes to end Saudi support in Yemen over Jamal Khashoggi murder 

The US Senate voted on Wednesday to end their support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, defying President Donald Trump to act in response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senators agreed by a vote of 63-37 to allow debate to proceed on the resolution, after Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and Jim Mattis, defence secretary, failed to sway undecided senators to continue the military support for the war coalition. Senior senators from both parties rebuffed the Trump adminis...
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UN chief: UN close to starting Yemen peace talks in Sweden

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is close to creating conditions for the start of peace talks in Sweden between Yemen’s warring parties December but there is no agreement yet, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday. The U.N. chief told reporters this is “a very crucial moment in relation to Yemen.” U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths […]
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