SOT, Journalist: “To Sana’a airport?”
SOT, Matthew Tueller, US Ambassador to Yemen: “Well I would point out that one of the issues that had been discussed here, and there was a lot of preparatory work, would actually have enabled regular flights to evacuate wounded for treatment abroad. And so it is disappointing that the delegation from Sana’a isn’t here, or hasn’t been able to be here, to... Еще actually produce the results that we wanted to see in that. But I’m no ruling out that this could still happen. Or, if it doesn’t happen in the next few days, we will regroup and we will try to find a way to bring — again — the group in Sana’a together with the government so that we can find some way to give Yemeni people hope of improvements in their lives. Ok, thank you all very much.»
The US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller said that progress was being made in the UN-led peace consultations despite the absence of Houthi representation during a press statement in Geneva on Friday.
«If they don’t come, we will all be disappointed. But like I said, the presence of the government delegation here has enabled all of us to make some progress on some of the issues: of release of prisoners; perhaps even some of the ways that would allow for greater access of travel that would address that issue”, he stated.
“And so it is disappointing that the delegation from Sana’a isn’t here, or hasn’t been able to be here, to actually produce the results that we wanted to see in that. But I’m not ruling out that this could still happen”, added Tueller.
Earlier in the day, the United Nations announced that the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths was trying to ensure that the Houthi delegation arrives in Geneva. The delegation has said that it would make a final decision on Friday.
The Houthi delegation said, earlier in the day, that they did not attend the talks because “they were not guaranteed safe return after the discussions.»