The declaration of a humanitarian truce in Yemen for a period of two months, announced by the UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, on Friday evening, was widely welcomed by the Arab and international levels.
And on Friday evening, the UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, announced that the parties to the conflict had agreed to a two-month truce that could be extended, starting from Saturday.
The truce stipulates, according to the United Nations, “the cessation of all offensive air, land and sea military operations inside Yemen and across its borders, the consent of the parties to the conflict for the entry of fuel ships to the ports of Hodeidah, and the establishment of commercial flights from Sana’a Airport to predetermined destinations in the region, in addition to opening roads in Taiz, and other Yemeni governorates.
In this regard, the spokesperson for the coalition forces to support legitimacy in Yemen, Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, confirmed the coalition’s welcome to the announcement by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, to start a truce through which all forms of military operations inside Yemen and on the Saudi-Yemeni borders would be halted, according to the arrangements. Detailed and announced by the Special Envoy, under the auspices of the United Nations, to provide the appropriate environment and ground for de-escalation, reaching a political settlement of the conflict between the Yemeni parties and achieving comprehensive peace.
Al-Maliki stated that the leadership of the joint forces of the coalition welcomes and supports the Yemeni government’s announcement of its acceptance of the truce declared under the auspices of the United Nations, and also appreciates the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen to declare the truce, which comes in the context of the Saudi initiative to end the Yemeni crisis to reach a comprehensive political solution announced in March 2021 AD, and the coalition announced the cessation of military operations inside Yemen, which came in response to the call of His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, according to what was reported by the Saudi Press Agency “SPA”.
He also stressed that the leadership of the joint forces of the coalition supports the efforts and arrangements of the United Nations to consolidate the armistice and create the atmosphere for the Yemeni parties to start the political process and reach a comprehensive peace that achieves security, stability and prosperity for the Yemeni people.
For its part, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed, today, Saturday, the conclusion of a two-month armistice in Yemen.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it welcomed “the announcement by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, to start a truce through which all forms of military operations inside Yemen and on the Saudi-Yemeni borders will be halted.”
In a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency, the ministry affirmed its “support for the Yemeni government’s announcement and the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen to accept the armistice.”
She praised the efforts of the Special Envoy to announce the armistice, which comes in line with the Saudi initiative to end the Yemeni crisis to reach a comprehensive political solution announced in March 2021, according to the statement.
In turn, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in statements to reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York, praised the efforts of the Yemeni government, the Saudi-led coalition forces and the Houthi group to agree to a ceasefire in Yemen, including cross-border attacks.
“I urge all parties to make the necessary arrangements to support the successful implementation of the armistice, and to activate cooperation mechanisms without delay,” he said.
Guterres demanded “that this armistice be a first step to end the devastating war.”
The Secretary-General of the United Nations urged the parties “to take advantage of this opportunity by cooperating in good faith and without preconditions with my Special Envoy, in his efforts to restart a comprehensive and inclusive Yemeni political process.”
For its part, the Arab Parliament welcomed the statement issued by the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, which included the announcement of a two-month humanitarian truce starting today (Saturday), stressing that it is a real opportunity to resume the political process and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.
Parliament considered the positive atmosphere of the Yemeni-Yemeni consultations hosted by the capital, Riyadh, and under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as a great opportunity for Yemenis to restore the state, stabilize security and preserve the capabilities of the Yemeni people, consistent with sincere Arab efforts calling for peace, praising at the same time the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to restore stability in Yemen. And alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.
The Arab Parliament called on the Houthi militias to comply with and respect the truce, and to deal with the current discussions regarding proposals for the next steps, considering the truce an encouraging step that could contribute to ending the protracted war in Yemen.
Egypt also welcomed the statement issued by the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, which included the announcement of a two-month truce, starting today, Saturday.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that Egypt looks forward to the armistice contributing to efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Yemeni crisis, and support initiatives for a political solution, including the current consultations hosted by Riyadh, based on the relevant Security Council resolutions, the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanisms. and the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue, in a manner that preserves Yemen’s unity and independence and preserves the capabilities of the brotherly Yemeni people and their aspiration towards security, stability and prosperity.
In Jordan, the Jordanian government welcomed the announcement by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, to reach a two-month armistice, and to stop all military operations in Yemen.
The official spokesman for the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Haitham Abu Al-Ful, stated that Jordan supports the efforts and endeavors of the United Nations to resolve the Yemeni crisis, stressing the need to reach a political solution based on the approved references represented in; The Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive Yemeni national dialogue, and Security Council Resolution No. 2216, in a manner that guarantees Yemen’s unity, stability, territorial integrity and the aspirations of its people.
In the same context, US President Joe Biden welcomed the announcement of a two-month truce in the conflict in Yemen.
“The ceasefire must be adhered to, and as I’ve said before, this war must end,” Biden said in a statement.
In a related context, a spokesman for the British Foreign and Development Office said that the United Kingdom announced the announcement of the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, to reach a two-month truce in Yemen.
This announcement comes after positive steps taken by all parties, including a separate ceasefire announced by the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis. After seven long years of conflict, this armistice represents the best opportunity to alleviate the human suffering of Yemenis and improve the stability of the region.
He added: The United Kingdom also welcomes the recent political consultations led by the United Nations Special Envoy, and the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative for Yemeni-Yemeni Dialogue. There is no military solution to the war in Yemen. Rather, an inclusive political dialogue for all is the only way to reach a sustainable solution.
There is a need to focus on building greater confidence through measures that include opening the Taiz road, allowing regular flights and the entry of fuel and goods shipments. All parties must now seize this opportunity and work with UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg to make progress toward a political agreement. He added: The negotiators must do the serious and necessary work to reach political settlements that can achieve a lasting peace future for all the Yemeni people.