Political Analysis

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy For Yemen, Talks To Press In Geneva

The Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (SE): Today said, we put an important basis for the political process for Yemen. The personal presence of the Secretary-General is an indication of the primary importance attached by the United Nations, and in particular the Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, to the Yemeni case. Indeed, he is keen to help Yemen come out of the crisis that it is currently facing. In spite of the challenges faced and huge difficulties, however, and the battle continues, the Yemenis were able to respond to the invitation of the Secretary-General to meet here in Geneva.

The holding of the Geneva Consultations, and I stress once again that they were preliminary consultations, is in itself a great achievement in light of the extreme violence in Yemen and the related humanitarian tragedy.

The Government was here to implement Security Council Resolution 2216 and I felt a positive response from all sides during the talks, for which I am grateful. I am convinced that it is possible to build upon this positive spirit in the forthcoming consultations. There is no doubt that there is ground ready to declare a ceasefire accompanied by a withdrawal.

What matters is for us all to recall that there is a humanitarian situation that is dramatic in Yemen. Personally, it is painful to see the humanitarian suffering of the Yemenis, and the disastrous humanitarian situation. Therefore, as the Secretary-General said more than once, it is important to achieve as quickly as possible a humanitarian truce, especially during the Holy month of Ramadan, the month of forgiveness and mercy. I will make every effort, indeed I will double my efforts in the next few days, to achieve that.

We should all realise that the Geneva Consultations are not the end in itself, but the launch of a long and arduous path to get Yemen back to the transitional political phase that was prepared for in the previous dialogue by the Yemenis. The door is open for the Yemenis to continue consultations and the dialogue. This is what we felt from all the participants in the Geneva Consultations.

From this forum I would like to express my thanks to the international community that has always supported the efforts of the United Nations and given it assistance in its good endeavours aimed at bringing Yemen out of this terrible war and the division in the country. I would also like to seize this occasion to thank the Government and people of Switzerland for warmly hosting these Consultations over the past few days. I would also like to thank you, the media, for the attention that you continue to pay to the Yemeni situation in these difficult times.

I would like to inform you that I am heading to New York in order to brief the Security Council. They have been united in supporting our efforts. I will inform them of the results of these preliminary consultations and the next steps.

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