UN hands road map to Yemen’s warring sides

UN envoy to Yemen made his statement on Thursday following what he described as a two-week break in peace talks

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UN envoy to Yemen said on Thursday that he offered Yemen’s warring sides a “road map” that includes a unity government and details a comprehensive political dialogue to end conflict in the southern Arabian Peninsula country.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed also the next two weeks will be “dedicated” to support consultation with the warring sides and their leaderships.

The diplomat made his statement following what he described as a two-week break in peace talks the day before.

He said the delegations would return to Kuwait on July 15 to “embark on a new phase” in the talks.

The UN-backed talks between Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who have seized control of large parts of the country, and President Abedrabbu Mansour Hadi’s government began in Kuwait on April 21.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed said Kuwait talks have tackled most of the contentious issues, indicating that “there is a big improvement” in delivering humanitarian aid to Yemen.

The envoy has urged both sides to make concessions to end the conflict, which has cost more than 6,400 lives since March 2015 and displaced 2.8 million people.

He also said the warring sides have agreed to transfer the pacification committee to Dhahran city, south of Saudi Arabia.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday met the two delegations in Kuwait and urged them to accept the roadmap.

Despite a Saudi-led military intervention launched last year in support of Hadi’s government, the militias and their allies remain in control of many key areas territory, including the capital Sanaa.

(With AFP)

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