UN en­voy stresses ‘crit­i­cal op­por­tu­nity’ as talks start in Swe­den

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Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Ye­men’s gov­ern­ment and Houthi mili­tias opened on Thurs­day in what UN spe­cial en­voy Mar­tin Grif­fiths called a “crit­i­cal op­por­tu­nity.”

The in­for­mal talks are aimed at end­ing nearly four years of civil war in Ye­men, which have re­sulted in a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

“Dur­ing the com­ing days, we will have a crit­i­cal op­por­tu­nity to give mo­men­tum to the peace process,” Grif­fiths told re­porters as the ri­val del­e­ga­tions gath­ered in Swe­den.

“There is a way we can re­solve the con­flict,” Grif­fiths said, adding that the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil was “united” in its sup­port for a res­o­lu­tion to the con­flict.

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