UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, on Wednesday called on all warring parties to conduct dialogue and act in the interest of the Yemeni people.
"Genuine political will, responsible leadership and adherence to the interest of the entire population is needed," Grundberg told the Security Council meeting on the situation in Yemen.
Noting that "no long-term solution can be found on the battlefield," he urged the warring parties to "talk, even if they are not ready to put down their arms."
Grundberg described the recent fighting as being "among the worst ... seen in Yemen for years."
Concerned with the continued detention of UN staff in Sanaa and Marib, the UN envoy called for "immediate access" to them and more official information about their condition.
Meanwhile, as the tempo of war increases, so do fears over the worsening of severe movement restrictions and accusations that the Hodeidah district ports are being "militarized," especially given that they are "a lifeline for many Yemenis" who rely on them for imported aid, he said.
To facilitate progress toward a durable political settlement, the special envoy said that he has been focusing on developing a comprehensive multitrack approach that covers political, security and economic issues.
"To have a chance of breaking this cycle, we need to establish an inclusive, internationally backed political process that can provide a viable foundation for peace," he said.