Yemeni rivals to meet Tuesday in Amman on prisoner swap

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-02-04 | Since 2 Week

Amman meeting on prisoner swap, 17 January, 2019

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The Jordanian capital Amman is hosting on Tuesday the second Yemeni rivals' meeting on prisoner swap deal reached by both sides at the UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden last December.

"The Supervisory Committee on the implementation of the prisoner exchange agreement is scheduled to reconvene in Amman tomorrow, 5 February," said on Sunday the office of UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

"The Committee includes representatives of the Government of Yemen and Ansar Allah, and is co-chaired by the Office of the Special Envoy and the International Committee of the Red Cross," the office added on its website.

The UN Envoy Griffiths and ICRC's President Peter Maurer "are scheduled to take part in the first day of the committee's meetings."

While it did not the meetings' duration, the office stated that "during this round of technical meetings, the Supervisory Committee will discuss the steps taken by the two parties to finalize the lists of prisoners to advance the implementation of the agreement.

The committee's first meeting was held in Amman on the 17th and 18th of last January, when two warring parties adopted new timetabled steps to sustain progress in applying the prisoner swap deal, such as comments and feedbacks that would be presented by both sides on prisoner lists.

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 Yemeni warring parties have traded blames for hindering prisoner swap deal that provided for exchanging more than 16,000 prisoners.

The conflict has pushed the country to 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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