Yemen Doesn’t Count on New Envoy as UN Bound by Washington’s Agenda – National Delegation
By Staff, Agencies
The deputy head of Yemen’s National Delegation considered that the new UN envoy for the country will not change the scene and does not have any new agenda, stressing that the United Nations is bound by Washington's agenda.
"The new UN envoy is like those who preceded him among the UN staff. He will not change anything in the scene," Jalal Al-Rowaishan said in a statement to Yemen’s Al-Masirah network on Tuesday.
Al-Rowaishan pointed out that the United Nations and its staff are subject to Security Council resolutions, which are subject to the decisions of the permanent members and take into account their interests with the American sponsor.
He stressed that the National Delegation is not counting on the new UN envoy, given that he does not have any new agenda.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday named Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg as his new Yemen envoy after a delay of several weeks as China considered whether to approve the appointment, which needed consensus Security Council agreement.
The 15-member council approved Grundberg last week as a replacement for Martin Griffiths, who became the UN aid chief last month.
The head of National Delegation Mohammed Abdul Salam has said that it would be futile to hold talks with the UN new special envoy for Yemen without taking into account the key conditions under stalled peace efforts. He said the Saudi siege removal on Yemen is the prerequisite of any future peace negotiation.
"There is no use in having any dialogue before airports and ports are opened as a humanitarian necessity and priority," Abdul Salam said in response to Grundberg's appointment.
He also told some media outlets that a meeting would be pointless as Grundberg "has nothing in his hands" and that there was no progress following last month's visit to Riyadh by the US envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking.
The appointment of Grundberg as the new UN envoy came as the world body failed to secure a breakthrough to end more than six years of Saudi aggression against Yemen.
A UN-led initiative for a ceasefire and the lifting of sea and air restrictions have stalled, with the Riyadh regime constantly refusing to end the blockade.