UN envoy sets Thursday for Yemeni talks start

Stockholm (Debriefer)
2018-12-05 | Since 1 Week

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The UN special envoy for Yemen on Wednesday announced that peace talks between Yemeni warring parties would resume on Thursday in Sweden.

UN envoy "would like to announce resumption of political process between Yemeni parties in Sweden on 6 December," Martin Griffiths tweeted, thanking Swedish government for hosting the talks, and Kuwait for facilitating Sana'a delegation's travel.

UN envoy's announcement comes following arrival of delegation representing the internationally recognized Yemeni government in Sweden late on Wednesday, sources told Debriefer.

The expected talks come as a result of international pressures, after a previous round collapsed last September.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iran-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, leaving hundreds of thousands killed or injured and 3 million displaced, and pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Last September, UN peace talks failed after Houthi delegation refused to leave Sana'a on UN plane, asking for Omani aircraft instead to provide additional room for wounded elements supposed to fly to Masqat. But Hadi rejected citing Houthi plans to transport Iranian and Lebanese injured combatants, though to have fought beside Houthis.

Envoy Griffiths successfully convened warring parties in Sweden, after Arab coalition was pressed to meet Houthi conditions, including wounded evacuation and securing their departure and return to Sana'a.

This sixth round of Yemeni peace talks is a major concern for international community, particularly superpowers that intensified their calls for dialogue leading to peace.

Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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