Back on path to peace
A ceremony was held in Sanaa yesterday to commemorate the 26th anniversary of Yemen’s reunification, as peace talks look like getting back on track. South and North Yemen were independent states until unification in 1990. The ceremony came as the United Nations envoy for Yemen said peace talks aimed at ending fighting in the country were making “incredible progress” and that a halt in fighting was largely holding. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said at a forum in the Qatari capital, Doha, that a cessation of hostilities is holding around 80 to 90 per cent, even if pockets of violence continue. He said the drop in fighting has allowed muchneeded aid to make its way to areas affected by the fighting. Ahmed was hopeful that most of the thorniest issues in the conflict have been discussed during peace talks taking place in Kuwait and that a resolution could be “very close”.