UN: Waiting for Yemen delegates to respond on draft agreements

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Following the ongoing Yemeni peace talks - brokered by the United Nations which are held in Rimbo, Sweden - the UN spokeswoman told reporters late on Wednesday that the parties to the Yemeni conflict, who held indirect negotiations, received 4 draft agreements, and are expected to put forward their respond by Thursday evening.

Latest reports reaching here said outcome of the peace talks will be presented to the UN Security Council on Friday. According to the spokeswoman, the drafts focus on a political framework, reopening of Sanaa airport and the status of the coastal city of Hodeidah, as well as the economic situation in the country.

As for the port of Hodeidah - which is critical to the conflict for both the parties, the legitimate government and the pro-Iranian Houthi militias - a member of the Houthis’ delegation Ghalib Mutlaq, confirmed on Wednesday, that understandings were made regarding the port and its administration, while the Yemeni Minister of Culture, Marwan Damaj, renewed the government’s adherence to the need for the Houthi militias’ withdrawal from Hodeidah.

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Uncertainty still surrounds the situation at Sanaa airport with a government official saying that there were indications that the Houthis have accepted the proposal to open the airport for domestic flights, while flights would be inspected at Aden airport.

Other sources, however, reported demands by the coup militias for a UN inspection of flights in Aden.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the outcome of Yemen’s peace consultations will be conveyed to the UN Security Council on Friday.

The consultations, which started last week near Stockholm, took place in “positive spirit and good faith”, she said in a telephone interview with Reuters.

Earlier on Wednesday, the delegation of the Yemeni government questioned the feasibility of a proposal submitted by the UN, which called for the formation of a “joint entity” to administer the port city of Hodeidah after the withdrawal of armed Houthi militias.

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