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Latest post: Wed 13 Jan 2021

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Yemen: Briefing and Consultations via Videoconference

Tomorrow (14 January), Security Council members will hold a videoconference (VTC) briefing, followed by closed VTC consultations, on Yemen. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths will brief, providing his regular monthly update on mediation efforts to broker a nationwide ceasefire and to resume peace talks. Other anticipated briefers are Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and Executive Director of the World Food Programme David Beasley. General Abhijit Guha, the head of the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement, is expected to brief members during the closed consultations. The UK, the penholder on Yemen, is expected to propose a press statement.

Negotiations remain stalled on Griffiths’ proposed joint declaration for a ceasefire, confidence-building measures and restarting peace talks between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebel group. Griffiths is likely to recall the appointment of the new Yemeni government on 18 December 2020 that included representatives of the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), fulfilling a key element of the Riyadh Agreement, the power-sharing accord brokered by Saudi Arabia in November 2019 between the STC and the Yemeni government. The formation of the government had brought some hope of momentum towards organising in-person talks between the government and the Houthi rebel group to overcome differences on the joint declaration.

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