Ye­men talks in Swe­den next week

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Un-spon­sored peace talks be­tween Ye­men’s war­ring par­ties are ex­pected to start next week in Swe­den, Bri­tain’s en­voy to Ye­men said on Thurs­day.

“The Swe­den con­sul­ta­tions led by the UN en­voy will take place next week ... the po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion is the way to move for­ward,” Michael Aron, the Riyadh-based Bri­tish am­bas­sador to Ye­men, tweeted to the Houthis’ spokesman Mo­hammed Ab­dusalam.

Martin Grif­fiths, the UN en­voy to Ye­men, met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ye­men’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Jor­dan’s cap­i­tal Amman on Thurs­day.

Two rep­re­sen­ta­tives who at­tended the meet­ing said Grif­fiths hoped to hold the next round on Dec. 4, but it would de­pend on the evac­u­a­tion of 50 wounded Houthis, which the UN en­voy said it would hap­pen by Mon­day.

A spokes­woman from Grif­fiths’ of­fice de­clined to give an ex­act date for the talks. “Prepa­ra­tions are on­go­ing as planned and we hope the con­sul­ta­tions will con­vene in early De­cem­ber,” she said.

The last UN at­tempt to con­vene the war­ring par­ties col­lapsed af­ter the Houthis asked for guar­an­tees from the United Na­tions that their plane would not be in­spected. They also wanted to evac­u­ate some of their wounded to Oman for treat­ment.

Kuwait has of­fered to pro­vide planes for the par­ties to en­sure the par­tic­i­pa­tion of both sides in Stock­holm.

Ye­men’s gov­ern­ment has called for a block on the broad­cast of a rebel tele­vi­sion chan­nel from the war-torn coun­try, the state news agency re­ported Wed­nes­day.

In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Moam­mer Al Eryani said the Houthi-run Al­masirah tele­vi­sion was “gen­er­at­ing poi­sonous sec­tar­i­an­ism and in­cit­ing vi­o­lence and ha­tred”, Saba news agency re­ported.

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