News ID: 103700
Publish Date : 15 June 2022 - 21:32

NEW YORK (Dispatches) – The United Nations special envoy to Yemen has lauded the extension of a two-month nationwide truce between Saudi-led coalition and the popular Ansarullah resistance movement in Yemen, adding that the ceasefire “offers a rare opportunity to pivot towards peace that should not lost.”
“The truce continues to deliver tangible benefits to the Yemeni people. And as of today, eight round-trip flights between Sana’a Airport and Amman and Cairo have taken off. Hudaydah port continues to see increased and regular flow of fuel, which is considerably easing chronic fuel shortages,” Hans Grundberg said during a meeting of the UN Security Council session in New York on Tuesday.
“In addition to introducing measures that helps alleviate civilian suffering in Yemen, the United Nations-mediated truce contributes to significant military de-escalation and reduction in civilian casualties across Yemen and beyond its borders,” he added.
“However, we still see record civilian casualties from landmines as civilians moved through areas that were previously inaccessible due to fighting before the truce. The truce has also enabled the United Nations to convene direct discussions between the warring sides for the first time in years, and in Amman, Jordan last month, my office convened two meetings for the military representatives of the parties to discuss setting up joint mechanism for addressing, managing, and preventing incidents that threaten de-escalation efforts,” the official said.
“The truce offers a rare opportunity to pivot towards peace that should not be lost,” Grundberg said.
The senior UN official called for the reopening of roads into the besieged southwestern Yemeni city of Ta’izz.
Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition forces seized another Yemen-bound oil tanker carrying thousands of tons of fuel for the crisis-stricken country in flagrant breach of an ongoing UN-brokered ceasefire.
Essam al-Mutawakil, a spokesman for the Yemeni National Oil Company, said in a statement on Tuesday the coalition did not allow the Princess Halima tanker, which was carrying 23,920 tons of gasoline, to dock at Yemen’s western port of Hudaydah and offload its cargo.
Mutawakil added that the ship was seized despite being inspected and cleared for the port call by the United Nations staff, and having obtained necessary entry permits.
He stressed that the Saudi-led coalition is still practicing piracy against oil tankers despite the fact that they have acquired entry permits from the United Nations.

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