United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, was to gather momentum towards completion of the war.
Instead, he ends up in the center of a regional political power conflict that could bring about a more extensive Middle Eastern clash including the United States, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.
Griffiths was instrumental in expediting a truce in Hodeidah, Yemen’s primary Red Sea port, in December a year ago. However, the peace talks between Yemen’s administration and Houthi rebels that prompted that agreement have since wavered.
The warring groups don’t confide in one another. Over the years, Griffiths has also needed to disprove claims of preference from the two sides.
Griffiths’ task as a diplomat has become complicated after the attacks on Aramco’s oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
On Monday, Griffiths admitted that Yemen was in danger of being hauled into a regional bonfire between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which backs the Houthis. US President Donald Trump has sworn to support Riyadh, yet he doesn’t want a war.
Thus, when the UN General Assembly meets in New York, nations will call for a de-acceleration in Yemen.
Although violence has diminished in Hodeidah, due to the ceasefire, the truce doesn’t make a difference to the remainder of the nation. The National reported.
Griffiths holds broad support yet the absence of a grand bargain for the parties competing for the authority of Yemen remains the Achilles heel in the UN-led discussions.
An Arab alliance is driven by Saudi Arabia originally interceded in the war in 2015, on the side of Yemen’s internationally acknowledged government. The contention is in a deadlock.
The special envoy’s plan is additionally starting to look insufficient. Griffiths is stuck amidst the security crisis beyond Yemen’s borders, whereas the unity of the nation itself is doubtful.
Violence in Aden a month ago, where the secessionist Southern Transitional Council held onto state organizations, is currently the subject of a different mediation attempt driven by Saudi Arabia.
The STC has up to this point been rejected from the UN-led peace process in Yemen, yet it is conceivable that the General Assembly will discuss proposals for the separatists to be given a spot at the table in any discussions about Yemen’s future. A few people from the UN Security Council accept this is important. The National reported.
Until that occurs, Griffiths will have to ponder an inevitable deterioration in relations between the Houthis and every single other party engaged with the closure of Yemen’s war.
Regardless of the US saying there is proof despite what might be expected, the agitators guaranteed they propelled a week ago’s assaults on the Aramco oil facilities.
As Griffiths stated: “The way that Ansar Allah [the Houthis] has asserted obligation is terrible enough. What’s more, whatever we will find about the assault, it is a certain sign that we are moving considerably further away from the peace we all desire to attain.”
However, Griffith’s remains entrusted with finding peace. Griffiths’ role can be useful only when he has the flexibility to move the peace process forward.
The possible primary focus of the UN General Assembly will be President Trump’s comments on Iran, after Washington’s allegations that Tehran was complicit in the ARMACO’s assaults.
What proceeds, be it a military reaction or de-escalation, will determine whether Griffiths’ assignment turns out to be considerably hard.