The Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, with a group of tribal leaders and civil society workers, has created another Track to support peace efforts in Yemen.
This track, called the "track II", is based on informal peace building efforts and initiatives by intermediaries from various community groups, including civil society organizations, women's organizations, political groups, youth movements, tribal and religious groups, professional organizations and trade unions.
Track II, according to a statement published on the mission's website on Wednesday, aims to support official negotiations, which he called the "Track I".
Griffith stressed the stressed the importance of ongoing Track II efforts, as complementary to official negotiations in Yemen.
According to the statement, the UN envoy said that it is crucial to work on peace-building in Yemen, in parallel to official diplomatic efforts, known as Track I, to end the war.
He added that “the real work in Yemen starts the day after we reach a political deal. We should all work to prepare for that day.”
In that context, the statement said that Griffiths met Tuesday morning with a group of tribal leaders and civil society workers, from Hadhramaut and Marib, on the sidelines of a workshop organized by Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies and Oxford Research Group, in Amman.
The Office of the United Nations Special Envoy hosted,at the same time, a meeting with a group of international and local partners who work on Track II initiatives in Yemen. This meeting comes in the same context of supporting the complementary role of such initiatives to the track of official negotiations, the statement said.
Track II partners also shared perspectives on the political process, based on the consultation exercises which they conducted with a broad range of Yemeni stakeholders.
Griffiths relies on a group of activists in a combined and civilian effort to support settlement efforts and to bring peace to the future based on self-supporting efforts in support of Track I to support the official negotiations to be held in late November in the Swedish capital.
The United States and a number of countries have called for ceasfire in Yemen and to engage in a political settlement to bring peace this month. The United Nations is leading efforts to restart consultations between the parties to the conflict as soon as possible and will probably take place in the Swedish capital at the end of November.
In a related context, the UN envoy to Yemen met in Riyadh on Wednesday with the foreign minister of theYemen`s internationally recognized government Khaled al-Yaman. They discussed the latest developments and UN efforts to reach a peaceful solution.
The meeting, according to Aden-based "Saba" news agency, dealt with ways to push forward the peace process in Yemen and confidence-building measures in preparation for reviving political consultations according to the terms of reference of the solution.
Al Yamani stressed the keenness of the political leadership to continue the path of peace led by the United Nations as the only path to peace, restoration of the state, security and stability and the opening of his government to discuss the confidence-building measures proposed by the envoy, most notably the release of all prisoners, detainees and abductees.
According to the agency, the UN envoy confirmed his readiness to work with the "legitimate" government before setting the date and venue of the next consultations, which he looks forward to taking positive steps in the way of peace in Yemen.
Griffiths announced last Wednesday that he would work to set new negotiations between the parties to the conflict in Yemen within a month, hours after Washington called for a ceasefire and peace talks.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called last Friday for a halt to "violence" in Yemen and pushing for peace talks.
Yemen has been racked by armed conflict which broke out after the Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government in late 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015.
Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The conflict has left nearly 10,000 people dead in Yemen, already the Arab world's poorest country and more than 22 million people in Yemen are in need of aid 8.4 million of whom are on the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations.