FILE PHOTO – United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths hears State Secretary of the Houthi government's Foreign Ministry, Faisal Abu-Rass (not pictured) on his departure from Sana'a, Yemen, June 1
9, 2018. REUTERS / Khaled Abdullah  "I would like to bring the parties together within the next few weeks at the latest," he said. "I hope that the (UN) Security Council will meet next week and we will give them a plan on how we will bring the talks back."
Griffiths said this in recent days He had met President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the southern Iraqi city of Aden, the temporary headquarters of the exile government, and Mohammed Abdul-Salam, chief negotiator of the Houthi group, who fought against the government.
"Both parties have confirmed their willingness to come to the negotiating table, and I think it's long overdue that this should happen, since about two years have passed since the last talks on Yemen."
He said he believed that the UN's talks with the conflicting parties had hitherto prevented a major attack on the port facilities or the city of Hodeidah, which was vital to the Yemeni people's lifeline.
The Houthis would have offered the US government leadership in the administration of the port if there was a general ceasefire in the Gouvernement, he said, and both sides would have accepted it, but discussions on how to completely avoid any attack.
"At the moment, we are still negotiating whether a United Nations role would help avoid an attack, and more importantly, and that is the point on which I think the resumption of the negotiations actually the attacks on Hodeidah or the move towards war are avoided. "
Griffiths expected more talks with the Houthis over the next few days to be aware of the timing and details of the negotiations between the two sides.
It was estimated that up to 1 million Yemenis would struggle and disarm, demobilize and reintegrate them, but that was a priority for ordinary people in Yemen, he said.
"The goal of the peace process, which I hope we can start in the near future, is to give back to the state and government of Yemen a new government of national unity, the monopoly of force that we have in every other country keep normal. " 19659012] Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans