UN calls for new negotiations on Yemen in Sweden

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The UN envoy for Yemen told the Security Council on Friday that he intends to convene peace talks “shortly” in Sweden in a bid to end the war, during a special security council session focusing on ending the conflict in Yemen.

The Yemeni legitimate government and the Houthis have shown a “renewed commitment” to work on a political solution and have given "firm assurances" that they will attend the talks, Martin Griffiths told the council.

“I am grateful to the (Arab) coalition for agreeing our proposed logistical arrangements, and to the coalition and Oman for their agreement to facilitate the medical evacuation of some injured Yemenis out of Sanaa,” he told the 15-member Security Council.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said that international organizations are providing the largest humanitarian assistance in the world in Yemen.

He added that the UN has witnessed a truce in Hodeidah and that they welcome it and call for its continuity.

Famine in Yemen

UN food chief David Beasley expressed his concern about the deteriorating food situation in Yemen, saying that around 18 million Yemenis are suffering from food shortage.

The food aid crossing into Yemen is through the Saudi border with the war-torn country, Beasley said.

Human rights in Houthi controlled areas

The Yemeni civil society representative, Rasha Jarhum, also spoke at the session, and called for aid in all aspects.

She also highlighted the issues of female university students being subjected to Houthi violence and the rising numbers of child recruitment by Houthis.