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Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg to become UN envoy to Yemen

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Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg has been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to succeed outgoing UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, sources familiar with the matter said.

Early this month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reportedly notified the UN Security Council members this month of his plan to appoint Mr. Grundberg the next UN envoy to Yemen.

Even though The UN has not formally announced Mr. Grundberg’s appointment, who has been the EU’s ambassador to Yemen since 2019, the Yemeni government said it had informed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of its approval.

If formally appointed, Mr. Grundberg will be the UN’s fourth envoy to Yemen.

In mid-June, Outgoing UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths delivered his last briefing to the UN Security Council.

“Yemen needs an inclusive political process and settlement to move away from cycles of conflict. The guiding principles are already clear: political partnership, accountable governance, sovereignty, economic and social justice, and equal citizenship.” Griffiths told the UN Security Council.

Griffiths attributed the failure of achieving a real breakthrough to the country’s crisis to not taking the interests of Yemenis as a top priority.

“What was possible in terms of conflict resolution years ago is not possible today. And what is possible today may not be possible in the future,” the outgoing UN envoy for Yemen reiterated.

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