Date :Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 | Time : 11:00 |ID: 80463 | Print

UN head to attend Yemen’s peace talks in Sweden

SHAFAQNAU.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will participate in Yemen peace talks in Sweden on Thursday.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to attend peace talks between Yemen’s warring sides in Sweden on Thursday.

Mr Guterres will meet both parties in rural town Rimbo, north of Stockholm, to discuss ways of ending the Yemeni crisis, sources close to the government delegation told The National on Tuesday evening.

The United Nations has in recent days brought Yemen’s warring sides together in Sweden for peace talks- entered their sixth day on Tuesday- the first in two years, REUTERS mentioned.

The consultations have so far sidestepped discussions on a political transition, focusing instead on a prisoner swap, the reopening of Sanaa airport and securing UN administration of strategic Red Sea port Hodeidah, The National reported.

Last week UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Houthi Ansarullah movement and Yemen’s former Saudi-backed government to show flexibility and make room for progress.

“I welcome the opening of peace talks on the conflict in Yemen in Stockholm. I urge all those present at the talks to do everything in their power to end the war and the suffering,” he wrote in a tweet on December 6. “Yemenis can’t wait.”

Advising both sides against setting pre-conditions, Guterres said “intra-Yemeni dialogue” was necessary to resolve “the ongoing humanitarian crisis” caused by the war, press tv reported.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths told reporters on Monday that “tangible agreements will be announced by the end of this round”.

 

Read more from Shafaqna:

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YEMEN PEACE TALKS START WITH AGREEMENT TO EXCHANGE PRISONERS  

YEMEN’S SAUDI-BACKED GOVERNMENT REJECTS UN TROOPS IN HODEIDAH          

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