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Geneva Yemeni talks' "hurdles" temporary -- UN envoy

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (KUNA) -- UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffith said the "hurdles" that faced the Geneva Yemeni talks are temporary and must be dealt with effectively.
"The Yemeni political process, like so many other of its kind, will see ups and downs," Griffiths addressed the UN Security Council's (UNSC) session on Yemen through a video link on Tuesday night.
Griffith noted that things did not go as planned as some Yemeni parties were absent in the negotiations, however, he was pleased to relaunch the peace talks.
"We need to stay focused on nurturing the political process, particularly in this, these fragile early stages, and build the needed momentum so that it can deliver tangible benefits to Yemenis throughout Yemen," Griffith added.
Meanwhile, he stressed on the need for clashing parties to refrain from armed conflict, to allow those in charge to reach a political solution.
Moreover, the UN envoy said he will continue discussions through various visits, engaging with the political leadership of the Yemeni government in Oman, as well as the Houthis, who still control the capital Sanaآ’a. آ The main objectives of these visits would be to shape key confidence-building measures, including prisoner exchange and re-opening the Sanaآ’a airport. Griffith also aims to secure aآ commitment from the parties of conflict to convene consultations. (end) asf.ag