Ye­men peace talks to start to­day in Swe­den

Times of Oman - - OMAN/WORLD -

RIMBO(Swe­den): Peace talks be­tween Ye­meni govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and a rebel del­e­ga­tion will be­gin on Thurs­day in Swe­den, the UN an­nounced.

“The (UN spe­cial en­voy) would like to an­nounce the restart of the in­tra-Ye­meni po­lit­i­cal process in Swe­den on 6 De­cem­ber 2018,” UN en­voy Martin Grif­fiths’ of­fice tweeted.

A 12-mem­ber govern­ment del­e­ga­tion, led by Ye­meni For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al Ya­mani, ar­rived in Stock­holm on Wed­nes­day evening, one day af­ter a rebel del­e­ga­tion flew in from Sanaa -- ac­com­pa­nied by the UN en­voy.

The talks mark the first meet­ing be­tween Ye­men’s Saudi-backed govern­ment and Houthi rebels, since 2016, when 106 days of ne­go­ti­a­tions yielded no break­through in a war that has pushed 14 mil­lion peo­ple to the brink of famine.

The Swe­den meet­ing fol­lows two ma­jor con­fi­dence-boost­ing ges­tures be­tween the war­ring par­ties -- a pris­oner swap deal and the evac­u­a­tion of 50 wounded in­sur­gents from the rebel-held cap­i­tal for treat­ment.

Nearly 10,000 peo­ple have been killed since Saudi Ara­bia and its al­lies joined the govern­ment’s fight against the Houthis, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, trig­ger­ing what the UN calls the world’s worst hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis. Rights groups es­ti­mate the toll could be up to five times as high.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Oman

© PressReader. All rights reserved.