The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said today, Sunday, that he will do everything in his power to contribute to achieving a lasting and just peace in Yemen.
This came in the first message sent by “Grundberg” to the Yemenis since the announcement of his appointment as a special envoy of the United Nations to Yemen, to succeed the British “Martin Griffiths”.
“As many of you know, I’ve become loving and respectful of your beautiful country over the past decade, which makes it more difficult to follow the events of the last seven years,” Grundberg said in his letter.
“I accept this responsibility with full awareness of the scale of the task, the complexities of the situation and the challenges that lie ahead,” he added.
“However, I can assure you that I will do everything in my power to contribute to the achievement of a lasting and just peace in Yemen,” he continued.
“My office and I will always be available to listen to your priorities and to be guided by your aspirations,” said the UN envoy. “We will work relentlessly in pursuit of peace. We will remind all concerned of their shared responsibility for Yemen’s future.”
“I look forward to frank, inclusive, and primarily serious interactions with Yemeni, regional and international counterparts. Together, we can help Yemen change the course towards a peaceful resolution of this conflict.”
begins his duties
The new UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, begins his duties today, and the Swedish diplomat is expected to trigger a period of stagnation that has dominated the Yemeni scene since Martin Griffiths left for the United Nations humanitarian agency.
According to what was reported by the Middle East, Ezmini Bala, Director of Communications in the Office of the UN Envoy for Yemen, the envoy will brief the Security Council on the tenth of this September, on his views and developments in the situation.
It is noteworthy that the UN envoy represents the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the country in which the mission is entrusted to him and is the closest link between the parties to the conflict and the United Nations.
He uses diplomacy, which is one of the requirements of his work and enjoys legal protection through the provisions of the Charter and the texts of the rules of public international law.
His tasks fall within the context of the search for an agreed upon solution, as stipulated by Security Council resolutions, and the movements of the UN envoy take place within the framework of a peaceful settlement and are framed by the relevant Council resolutions.
Bringing points of view
His tasks always include a main entrance, which is to seek to bring points of view closer without interfering in the conflict in favor of one party or at the expense of another party. Otherwise, his mission is doomed to failure. If these powers are violated, the country concerned has the right to reject any abuse of these powers.
On Friday, the Office of the United Nations Spokesman said that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, had appointed Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg as his special envoy to Yemen, to succeed Martin Griffiths.
Grundberg succeeds Martin Griffiths (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), who has been appointed Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), to whom the Secretary-General expressed his gratitude for his commitment and dedicated service.
Moroccan Jamal Benomar was appointed as the United Nations Special Envoy in Yemen, who began his work as the representative of the Secretary-General in Yemen since 2011, then Mauritanian Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in 2015 and Britain’s Martin Griffiths in 2018.
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