Photo taken on April 5, 2018 shows smoke rising after airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted a weapon depot of the Houthi rebels in Sanaa, Yemen. (Xinhua/Mohammed Mohammed)
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The new UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, told the Security Council Tuesday that the political forces in war-torn Yemen are ready to embrace a political solution.
"The good news ... is that a political solution to bring an end to this war is available," said Griffiths, who took up the post of special envoy of the UN secretary-general for Yemen on March 11.
Both President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the leadership of the Houthi rebels have expressed their willingness to end the war, he said. But he cautioned that a successful outcome of negotiations will require patience, diligence and good faith between the parties.
A negotiated political settlement through inclusive intra-Yemeni dialogue is the only way to end the Yemeni conflict and address the ongoing humanitarian crisis, he said. "To this end, all parties to the conflict need to abandon preconditions to talks and grant my office unhindered, unconditional access to all relevant stakeholders."
Griffiths said he would submit a framework for negotiations to the Security Council within two months. "We must first turn our energies to the business of stopping the war."
Yemen has been in civil war since 2015, pitting Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the government of Hadi.