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Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 13:50
UN chief set to appoint Britain's Martin Griffiths as Yemen envoy
By Reuters
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 13:50 By Reuters

This Feb 5, 2018 photo shows children gathering around the Yemeni criminal investigations unit in the capital Sanaa, a day after it was hit in an air raid. Diplomats said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres notified the Security Council on Feb 13, 2018 that he wants to appoint former British diplomat Martin Griffiths as his new envoy to broker peace in Yemen. (MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres notified the Security Council on Tuesday of his intention to appoint former British diplomat Martin Griffiths as his new envoy charged with trying to broker peace in Yemen, diplomats said. 

Yemen, which relies heavily on imports for food, is on the brink of famine and nearly 1 million people have been infected with cholera

The appointment will be approved by the council on Thursday evening if none of the 15-members have raised any objections. 

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Typically, the Secretary-General has already informally consulted with council members before sending official notification. 

Griffiths, currently executive director of the European Institute of Peace, will replace Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who the United Nations said would step down after three years in the job when his current contract finishes this month. 

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A Saudi Arabia-led coalition intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015, backing government forces fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels. 

In this Jan 24, 2016 file photo, a malnourished child lies in a bed waiting to receive treatment at a therapeutic feeding center in a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. (HANI MOHAMMED / AP)

Yemen, which relies heavily on imports for food, is on the brink of famine and nearly 1 million people have been infected with cholera.


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