Hans Grunberg noted that the first flight to take off from the Houthi-controlled Sanaa airport — shortly after fighting intensified there between rebel forces and the Saudi-backed coalition backing the internationally recognized government — was a key part of the operation. Armistice agreement last month.
“This should be a moment to come together to do more, to start repairing what the war has broken, and to fulfill all truce commitments. I expect the parties to fulfill their obligations, including through an urgent meeting to agree on the opening of roads for #Taiz &in the other place #Yemen” pic.twitter.com/HxfT6HSpSz
— @OSE_Yemen (@OSE_Yemen) May 16, 2022
The flight departed just after 9 am local time and headed for Amman, Jordan, with 130 Yemeni passengers on board. In his statement, Mr. Grunberg thanked the Government of Jordan for their invaluable support, “and for the constructive cooperation from the Government of Yemen in facilitating the flight.”
“I would like to congratulate all Yemenis on this an important and long-awaited step“said the UN Special Representative.
Team up to do more
“I hope this will bring some relief to the Yemenis who need to seek medical treatment abroad, education and business opportunities or reunification with loved ones”, added Mr. Grundberg.
“This must be the moment unite to do more, begin to repair what the war broke, and fulfill all obligations under the truce to build confidence and move towards a resumption of the political process to bring the conflict to a sustainable end.”
Mr. Grundberg stressed that intensive efforts are being made to support the parties in fulfilling all the obligations they assumed when signing this truce.
“These commitments were, in fact, a promise to the Yemenishe said, “the promise of greater security, better access to basic goods and services, and improved freedom of movement in, to and from Yemen.
“Making progress on reopening roads in Taiz is key to keeping that promise. I expect the parties to fulfill their obligations, including through an urgent meeting to agree on the opening of roads in Taiz and other Yemeni governorates in accordance with the terms of the ceasefire agreement,” Mr. Grundberg concluded.