SHAFAQNA – Peace talks between Yemen’s warring sides resumed on Saturday in Kuwait City after the Saudi-backed delegates abandoned a boycott threat.
Sanaa delegation, which represents Ansarullah revolutionary group and its allies stressed it was committed to political settlement to the deadly crisis in the Arab impoverished country which has been since March 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition.
The UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the negotiations, back on after a 15-day suspension, would last for two weeks and warned that they may be Yemen’s last chance for peace.
He urged the country’s warring parties to make “decisions that will prove your true intentions.”
“It’s time for decisive decisions that will prove your true intentions and national responsibilities to Yemenis,” he told a meeting of the two delegations late Saturday.
The envoy said the discussions between the two sides would focus on strengthening a ceasefire that came into effect on April 11 but has been repeatedly violated.
They would also deal with “forming the military committees that will supervise the withdrawal and handover of weapons… and opening safe passages for humanitarian aid,” he said.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that over the past two weeks he had held intensive talks in Sanaa, Riyadh and Muscat and met with many dignitaries who declared their support for a final settlement.
“I hope that you will seize this opportunity which could be the last to win the trust of Yemeni people,” the UN envoy added.
For his part, the head of Sanaa delegation, Mohammad Abdul Salam stressed that the National delegation is committed to political settlement in the country, blaming the Saudi-led coalition of violating the ceasefire.
“The aggression forces have not been committed to the ceasefire,” Abdul Slaam said on Saturday, calling the Saudi-backed delegation to abide by its commitments.