Cyprus, Yemen, India/Covid-19 & other topics – Daily Briefing (27 April 2021)

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    Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

    Highlights:

    – Cyprus

    – Yemen

    – Saint Vincent And The Grenadines/Barbados

    – Somalia

    – Security Council

    – Central African Republic

    – Colombia

    – India/Covid-19

    – COVAX

    – Democratic Republic Of The Congo

    – Financial Contribution

    CYPRUS

    The informal meeting of the 5+1 on the Cyprus issue got underway in Geneva a few hours ago. 

    As you know, the Secretary-General decided to organize this meeting following the consultations conducted over the past several months on his behalf by Under-Secretary-General Jane Holl Lute. 

    Not long ago, the Secretary-General held a bilateral meeting with the Turkish Cypriot delegation, and he is about to start one with the Greek Cypriot delegation.  

    This evening, the Secretary-General will host a reception for the heads of delegations. 

    On Wednesday morning, he will host a plenary meeting with the five parties, and he is then expected to hold bilateral meetings with each of the five delegations in the afternoon. 

    Later that evening, Mr. Guterres will host an informal dinner for the heads of delegations. 

    More meetings are expected on Thursday, for which we will release details later. 

    The purpose of the meeting will be to determine whether common ground exists for the parties to negotiate a lasting solution to the Cyprus issue within a foreseeable horizon.

    YEMEN

    The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, concluded a two-day visit to Egypt on Monday.  He met there with the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmad Abu Al Gheit, as well as a number of representatives of Yemeni political parties, tribal sheikhs, women, civil society and journalists. Mr. Griffiths also met virtually with the Yemeni Speaker of Parliament, Sultan Barakani.

    The Special Envoy briefed the Egyptian Foreign Minister and the Secretary-General of the Arab League about ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire in Yemen, alleviate the humanitarian situation and revive an inclusive political process to resolve the conflict.

    In his meetings with representatives of Yemeni civil society, women, political parties and journalists, Mr. Griffiths stressed the need for the attack on Ma’rib to stop. He warned of the dire humanitarian consequences of the continued attack, and the risks to the prospects of the peace process.

    Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination of humanitarian Affairs reports that fierce fighting continues in Yemen’s Marib governorate.

    Nearly 20,000 people have been displaced by violence in the region since early February, and dozens of civilians have been killed or injured.

    Humanitarian organizations are on the ground responding to these growing humanitarian needs. Today, the UN started regular Humanitarian Air Service flights to Marib. This will cut the journey down to two hours from seven, and will help the humanitarian community to deliver quickly much-needed assistance.

    Over recent weeks, hostilities have also escalated in other parts of Yemen, causing devastating loss of life and hardship for Yemenis, many of whom are on the brink of starvation. We continue to call for a nationwide ceasefire.

    The UN and partners also urgently need more support to sustain the lifesaving response in Marib and across Yemen. The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan is currently 34 per cent funded, with $1.32 billion received out of $3.85 billion required.

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=27%20April%202021

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