UN envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg expressed regret that the country’s ceasefire had failed to open roads to the besieged southwestern city of Taiz and other governorates.
The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels agreed earlier to extend the UN-brokered truce for an additional two months through Oct. 2. The truce first came into effect on April 2.
“Several proposals with different sets of roads and sequencing options have been presented to the parties. It is regrettable that, despite these efforts, there has not been more progress achieved on road openings to date,” Grundberg said.
Briefing the UN Security Council on the Yemen situation, Grundberg said that roads opening in Taiz and other governorates will continue to be at the forefront of his efforts.
“For the sake of the people of Taiz, the wider population and the economy, the parties need to agree on opening roads as soon as possible,” Grundberg added.
The ongoing truce has provided a rare respite from violence for much of the country and Grundberg said that the ceasefire continues to broadly hold in military terms.
Grundberg said that road openings were mainly a humanitarian issue, and the people of Taiz and across Yemen “deserve for the truce to deliver for them in all its aspects.”
The main part of the renewal ceasefire was the lifting of Taiz road which is under siege by the Houthi rebels and resumption of flights from capital city Sanaa.
The Yemeni government accused Houthi group of violating ceasefire agreement for not reopening Taiz road which is affecting over four million Yemenis.
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