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UN chief names Swedish diplomat as new Yemen envoy

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres on Friday (Aug 6) named Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg as his new Yemen envoy after a delay of a number of weeks as China thought-about whether or not to approve the appointment, which wanted consensus Safety Council settlement.

The 15-member council permitted Grundberg this week as a alternative for Martin Griffiths, who turned the UN support chief final month after attempting to mediate an finish to the battle in Yemen for the previous three years.

The conflict has killed tens of hundreds of individuals and brought about a dire humanitarian disaster, pushing Yemen to the brink of famine.

Grundberg has been the European Union ambassador to Yemen since September 2019. UN officers informally floated his identify to council members to solicit views by mid-July and 14 members mentioned they might conform to the appointment, diplomats mentioned.

However China mentioned it wanted extra time. An official with China’s UN mission in New York declined to touch upon why Beijing’s approval had been delayed.

A Saudi Arabia-led army coalition intervened in neighbouring Yemen in 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthi group ousted the nation’s authorities from the capital, Sanaa. The Houthis say they’re preventing a corrupt system. Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s authorities is now in Aden, although Hadi is predicated within the Saudi capital Riyadh.

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