A comprehensive attack on the strategic Yemeni port of Hodeidah by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia was prevented by discussions on the possibility of a broader ceasefire. This includes the transfer of the port to the UN for surveillance, said the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.
He spoke for the first time about his private efforts to bring an end to the conflict around the port has the potential to lead to a blockade of much needed assistance, which is needed to protect Yemen from a drastic lack of food, To preserve water and oil.
The port is being controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who control the Yemeni capital Sana The Saudi coalition, which includes United Arab Emirates Air Force and local ground forces, has already taken control of Hodeidah Airport. As a prelude to what the UAE considered a crucial struggle to weaken the Houthi control by conquering the After the talks in Aden and Muscat Griffith said, however, that leaders of the main political movement of Houthi, known as Ansar Allah, would have joined with the Government agreed that the UN should take a leading role.
He said UN security c The council will meet next week to discuss the progress of the talks and hopes that further negotiations on the future of Yemen, the first in two years, could begin within two weeks ,
He told UN Radio "The fact that it was so far No major attack on the port or the city of Hodeidah is due to the talks we have had with the parties.The leadership of Ansar Allah has been able to to offer to us, the United Nations, a leadership role in the management of the port, subject to a general ceasefire in the Gouvernement. "
He said this had been accepted by the Saudi coalition He hinted that the coalition is not yet ready to drop its plans for an offensive on the city as opposed to the port.
Griffiths said further talks were needed to avert the attack on Hodeidah.
"It was clear to me that Hodeidah's question is inextricably linked to the resumption of political negotiations."
He continued, "Both sides had shown a willingness to enter into negotiations and said such talks are long overdue, and the people of Yemen expect this to happen as soon as possible, and my primary and primary responsibility is to: The topic of Hodeidah is an incredibly important issue, but it is not more important than the issue of a comprehensive political solution. "
He said that the main challenge was a political solution and a government of national unity the continuation of the military activity. "The war [is] is the main perpetrator of the peace process," he said, adding that the UN had urged the Saudi coalition not to push the attack forward.
He said, "The other challenge is to ensure that the whole of Yemen is returned to a state of civilian government, and it is estimated that in Yemen, one million combatants are fighting in different militia."
It was a daunting task the demobilization and reintegration of such forces, he said.