Sana is indignant at Griffiths: his initiative legitimizes the occupation


Sana’a | Contrary to the optimism of the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to reach a comprehensive agreement to end the war in this country, the chances of peace are still diminishing day by day, while the economic and humanitarian conditions continue to deteriorate further, to reflect Griffiths failure to achieve any breach in the crisis wall. It is a failure attributable primarily to the work of the UN envoy, for the past two and a half years after he assumed his mission, to split the crisis into political, economic and humanitarian files, and to take him from the latter as an entrance to put pressure on the Ansar Allah movement, and extract concessions from it in the rest of the files. Even the small gains he achieved in the “Stockholm Agreement” signed in late 2018 could not be preserved, as Griffiths finally provided a kind of cover to tighten the countries of aggression to blockade millions of Yemenis, as the seizure of ships of fuel, food and medicine is an “internal affair”. Consequently, it is the responsibility of the United Nations to pressure the “coalition” to release ships held more than 100 days off the Saudi port of Jizan, in clear violation of the “Stockholm Agreement”, which obligated the “coalition” not to hinder commercial and relief shipments coming to the port of Hodeidah, In exchange for opening a special account for ship revenues in the branch of the central bank in the same city, to be spent later on as salaries for state employees. Since the agreement entered into force, the number of detained ships exceeded 130, while Griffiths did not show the necessary reaction to that maritime piracy, but he did not refrain during the past days from returning the fuel crisis in Sana’a more than a month ago to the establishment of the rescue government To spend half a salary for state employees.
In response, Hashem Ismail, Griffiths charge d’affaires in Sanaa, was formally accused of “a coup against the Stockholm agreement, and gave the aggression coalition an international green light to continue the siege.” Ismail said, in a press statement the day before yesterday, that “the UN envoy conveyed a false picture of the fate of the revenues of Hodeidah ports, and ignored the fate of the looted public revenues in the provinces outside the control of Sanaa.” He pointed to the failure of the envoy, Griffiths, to make any progress in the economic file, “which remains in its place and is employed by the aggression to serve a military agenda.” He pointed out that raising the suffering of state employees “would not take one week if there were positive intentions with Griffiths.” Ismail’s statement was preceded by a statement by the spokesperson of the “Ansar Allah Movement”, the head of its negotiating delegation, Mohamed Abdel Salam, who saw in it that the last position of the UN envoy shows that he “separated from his mission and became involved with the forces of aggression on Yemen, adopting its thesis completely”, considering that he was It “contributes to prolonging the war,” and makes itself “part of the problem.”

The UN envoy’s initiative did not mention the presence of foreign forces in Yemen

The Sanaa leadership, which initiated the implementation of key provisions of the Hodeidah agreement unilaterally, stressed in its meetings with Griffith more than once on the need to implement the entire agreement, especially in relation to the issues of salaries and prisoners, and presented several initiatives in this framework. However, Griffiths did not find the investment of these initiatives. Rather, his actions became hostage to the Saudi-Emirati trend, which was shown in his recent initiative (called the joint declaration) that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi agreed to give them and the Americans and the British the right to remain in the southern governorates (by ignoring this occupation). According to what Sana believes, and dealt with the crisis as if it did not exceed the borders of the governorates under the control of the Salvation Government, neglecting all that is happening in the southern and eastern governorates, including the systematic looting of public revenues.
The UN envoy, whose annual expenditures reached 17 million dollars last year, according to documents issued by the United Nations, and which will exceed 18 million dollars this year, according to expectations, failed more than once in achieving any progress in the file of prisoners, which is one of the most important humanitarian files, as, and after Failure to address this file more than a year, the two parties met under international auspices in early February in the Jordanian capital Amman, where they reached an agreement that obliged them to start immediately the exchange of lists of prisoners and detainees, and prepare for the exchange process that would have included in its first stage 1400 prisoners from both parties. However, following the initiative of “Ansar Allah” to release a number of Saudi soldiers and officers, the file was transferred again.
Last April, Sanaa attempted to revive the agreement, welcoming new proposals from Griffiths office regarding the two-stage prisoner exchange (1030 in the first stage, and 390 in the second), but those UN proposals collided with the rejection of the government of the outgoing president, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and Griffiths silence . This is what prompted the head of the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs in Sana’a, Abdel-Qader Al-Murtada, to hold Griffiths a “large part” of the failure of the agreement, due to his “poor performance and his disregard for the actions of the obstructed team.”
On the other hand, the intensification of the siege that threatens tens of hospitals to stop due to running out of fuel, prompted the Ministry of Health in Sanaa to call on the United Nations to expedite the implementation of the medical air bridge agreement signed between the two parties two years ago to save the lives of thousands of patients. The Ministry condemned the refusal of the international organization, the day before yesterday, to transport seven Yemeni children in a critical condition for treatment abroad, on a private plane that landed in Sana’a to transport the child of an international staff member. The ministry had sent her request in a memo to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Liz Grande, but she refused and left the children facing death.


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