Houthis offer 400-prisoner swap,gov't insists on all-inclusive deal

Amman (Debriefer)
2019-02-05 | Since 2 Week

IPSD Supervisory Committee's Tuesday meeting in Amman

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Yemeni legitimate government's delegation at the prisoner swap deal Supervisory Committee's second meeting in Amman on Tuesday rejected a Houthi-offered 400-prisonerswap, or 200 prisoners from each side, sources said.

Government delegation "insisted on exchanging all for all prisoners, from both sides," sources told Debriefer, as agreed upon at peace talks in Sweden last December.

They "justified their refusal by dubbing the Houthi offer as disintegration of the prisoner swap deal," added the sources.

Head of Houthi delegation to the Committee, Abdul Kader Murtada, said on Tuesday he offered initiative to release 200 prisoners named in each party's list.

He stated that his group would only release Saudi prisoners if all rebels have been freed from Yemen, Saudi and UAE jails, noting that among Saudi prisoners were high-ranked officers.

The Committee, including representatives of the Yemeni government and Houthi group and co-chaired by the UNenvoy'office and the ICRC, startedon Tuesday its 3-day second meeting in Amman.

At the meeting, the UN envoy for Yemen said implementation of prisoner swap deal between rivals would help push the political process in a country plagued by a four-year war between internationally recognized Saudi-backed government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Success in prisoner swap "is not only of huge importance for those who will be released and their families, but also for the broader political process," Envoy Martin Griffiths told delegates.

It will contribute to end disputes and return Yemen topeace, he added.

The Committee held its first meeting in Amman on the 17th and 18th of last January and adopted new timetabled steps to sustain progress in the swap of more than 16,000 prisoners.

The Yemeni warring parties have traded blames for hindering the deal that would have seen more than 16,000 prisoners exchanged by the end of last January.

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