The top UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffith hailed on Thursday the remarkable achievement of keeping the war-torn country away from regional crises, saying Yemen has emerged from the recent Gulf crisis unscathed.
In a briefing to the open session of the UN Security Council, Griffith said there has been a consensus that n must not be affected by crises in the region.
“Since I last spoke to this council (on Dec. 12), our region has been going through a crisis, the consequences of which have threatened the gains we have been observing in Yemen. Fortunately, the immediate crisis seems to be over.”
He was referring to tensions which rose following US’ assassination of Iranian top General Qassem Suleimani in a strike on Baghdad international airport.
“I venture to say that through the actions of many people, Yemen has been kept safe from such crisis for now. This achievement… is based on a consensus that Yemen n must not be affected by regional tensions,” he said, according to the briefing obtained by Al-Manar Website Correspondent in UN Office Geneva, Ahmad Hajj Ali.
“Most importantly, in this time of crisis, we have seen no major acts of military provocation in Yemen. This is remarkable. Indeed, it has been one of the quietest weeks of the war in Yemen since the war began (in 2015).”
The envoy noted that such achievement has not come by chance, saying that leaders in Yemen and region have deliberately exercised restraint and withheld from acts of provocation.
Source: Al-Manar Website Correspondent in UN Office Geneva Ahmad Hajj Ali