New York – The Special Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, asked to leave his post after four years of mediation in the country.
Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, expressed his “wish to move to another assignment,” said a note to correspondents of the United Nations, published in the evening.
The UN Secretary-General “greatly appreciates the tireless efforts of Mr. Benomar in recent years to promote consensus and confidence for a peaceful solution in Yemen,” we read in this release of the Office UN spokesman.
According to this note, Mr. Benomar spent the last four years working closely with the Yemenis to achieve their legitimate aspirations for democratic change. “On behalf of the Secretary General, Mr. Benomar negotiated the transition agreement in November 2011, facilitated the conclusion of the national dialogue conference in January 2014 and conducted the mediation of the agreement for peace and a national partnership September 2014 “.
Most recently, Mr. Benomar chaired and facilitated, for more than two months, inclusive negotiations to put the transition process back on track. Unfortunately, deplored the statement, “this process was interrupted by the dramatic escalation of violence.”
The UN Security Council Tuesday renewed its confidence in Mr. Benomar and adopted a resolution which sums the Houthis to leave power and imposes an arms embargo and sanctions.
Mr. Benomar was officially appointed to his post by Mr. Ban in August 2012.