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News ID: 45774
Publish Date: 8:37 - 17 April 2020
United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, says he expects the warring parties to formally reach agreements “in the immediate future” on a nationwide ceasefire, practical economic and humanitarian measures as well as resumption of the political process.

UN Yemen envoy hopeful warring parties to reach ceasefire agreement in ‘immediate future’Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Thursday he has been holding negotiations with the parties on the texts of his proposals for the past two weeks.

“We expect them to agree on and formally adopt these agreements in the immediate future,” the top UN official commented.

He said the “key humanitarian and economic measures may include: releases of prisoners and detainees, opening Sana’a International Airport, paying civil servant salaries, opening access roads and ensuring the entry of ships carrying essential commodities into Hudaydah ports,” emphasizing that all such steps “will help directly and indirectly in the fight against COVID-19.”

“The conversations we had with the two parties, and our consultations with the Saudi-led coalition ... are continuous, detailed and constructive,” Griffiths said.

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