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Griffiths says that the exchange is a glimmer of hope and calls for the release of all kidnapped civilians





On Thursday, the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, briefed the Security Council after arriving at the Seiyun airport this afternoon, a plane carrying the first batch of prisoners of the legitimate Yemeni forces, as part of the implementation of the largest exchange between the legitimacy and the Houthi militia since 2014, under the auspices of the United Nations and the Committee International Red Cross.

During the briefing, the British praised the start of the release of prisoners and detainees, the first phase of which took place on Thursday.

Griffiths said it was “a glimmer of hope for Yemen,” reiterating his call for the immediate and unconditional release of all arbitrarily detained civilians, including journalists and political prisoners.

The UN envoy said that the concerned parties would soon meet for more release of detainees, according to what was committed to in the stalled Stockholm Agreement, signed between the two sides in December of 2018 under the auspices of the United Nations.

Griffiths told the UN Security Council that the efforts he was leading to accomplish the “joint declaration” of the peace agreement were continuing and that no agreement had yet been reached between the parties on the draft declaration.

“I cannot help but emphasize the urgent need for the parties to act urgently, because over time the decision becomes more difficult,” Griffiths said.

The envoy described the situation in Marib Governorate as volatile, warning of the consequences of the Houthi attacks on it, with the need to stop the attack completely and immediately.

He also warned of “the great escalation of the situation in Hodeidah,” noting that “the situation is tense there, even after calls for a cessation of fighting emanating from my side and the UN mission there.”

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