Ould Cheikh: Talks between Yemeni parties to be held in Muscat

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Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, on Friday dismissed that his term of office was "unsuccessful", saying that the role of the envoy is "to mediate" between the parties. "If they are keen on reaching peace they will, and if they seek the opposite, no result or solution could be reached.”

Ould Cheikh added that the new UN envoy will begin preparations for a round of talks starting with meetings between the Houthis and the General People's Congress but he didn’t reveal further details.

He said that the late Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh who was killed at the hands of the Houthis last December, officially broke the partnership between the two parties, and called for a people’s revolt against them.

The UN envoy said that the talks will be hosted by the Sultanate of Oman, stressing the need to make concessions from both parties to reach a peaceful settlement, and called on the Yemeni people and all parties to seek resolve peacefully and return to the table of negotiations.

He mentioned in statements to the Omani News Agency, that the new UN envoy will find a crystal clear roadmap that is based on specific grounds.

Ould Cheikh said several days ago that the peace process in Yemen should be carried out according to what was achieved in previous talks in Kuwait.

He stressed that an armed militia cannot be a partner in peace while holding on to their weapons, referring to the stance of the Houthis.

United Nations Yemen mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will step down when his current contract finishes at the end of February after nearly three years in the job.