The UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has expressed deep concerns over the declaration by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), describing the event as “disappointing.”
“The latest turn of events is disappointing, especially as the city of Aden and other areas in the south have yet to recover from flooding and are facing the risk of COVID-19”, said Mr. Griffiths.
He called for expediting the implementation of the Saudi-sponsored Riyadh Agreement, noting that this agreement, if implemented successfully, will serve the people of the south well, especially in terms of basic and public service.
“Now, more than ever, all political actors must cooperate in good faith, refrain from taking escalatory actions, and put the interests of Yemenis first”, stressed Mr. Griffiths. “The Riyadh Agreement provides for the participation of the STC in consultations on the final political solution to end the conflict in Yemen and serving the interests of Yemenis nation-wide,” Griffiths said.
On Saturday, the STC declared, in a statement, the start of self-rule phase south Yemen, a move that was widely criticized by local and international actors.