RIMBO (Sweden) – The inter-Yemeni talks started last Thursday in Rimbo, Sweden, under the auspices of UN mediator Martin Griffiths to renew the dialogue and try to end the conflict have not made progress, due to the demands of both sides, but "hope" to alleviate the tensions and suffering of Yemenis is maintained, have reported from the media.
Three days after the beginning of the consultations, torn apart by the UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, who is acting as mediator, the two parties are encamped on their positions and threaten to resume fighting, so the crisis The humanitarian crisis is growing and affects more than 20 million people, according to a UN report released on Saturday.
In a joint statement, the UN agencies for food and agriculture, the Children's Fund (Unicef) and the World Food Program (WFP), alerted the international community to the fact that 20 million Yemenis are food insecure ", referring to" the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. "
In this context, the chief negotiator of the "Ansarullah" movement (Houthis), Mohamed Abdulsalam, said on Saturday he favored the formation of a "transitional" government with the participation of "all parties in Yemen.
Speaking on the sidelines of ongoing peace talks in Sweden, the Houthi chief negotiator added that the coastal city of Hodeidah should be declared a "neutral zone."
The Houthis control, since 2015, the main cities of the country, including the capital Sanaa and the port of Hodeidah, overlooking the Red Sea.
"The Houthis accept the idea that the United Nations plays a role at the Sanaa International Airport as part of efforts to reopen it," said Mohamed Abdulsalam, quoted by the same sources.
However, a representative of the Yemeni government accused the Houthi elements of "not being serious" in seeking a political settlement to the conflict.
"Experience sets the expectations and I would say no, they are not serious," Rana Ghanem, a member of the Yemeni delegation, told reporters that "the hope is to help alleviate the tensions and suffering of Yemenis "
Ms. Ghanem further indicated that the delegations had not yet met directly, but had been able to exchange "informally" in the salons of the conference center where the talks were held.
Among the files under consideration are the country's catastrophic social and economic situation, the opening of humanitarian corridors, the implementation of a prisoner exchange agreement reached this week, the reopening of the airport from the capital Sana'a and control of the port city of Hodeida (west) through which most of the humanitarian aid passes.
The Yemeni government demanded the "full withdrawal" of Houthi forces from the port of Hodeida, accusing Ansarullah elements of using the infrastructure to "import weapons."
"The port must return to the control of the administration that ran it in 2014," Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yemeni said, while the Houthis insisted on the reopening from the airport of the capital Sanaa to civilian traffic and the lifting of the air embargo decreed by Saudi Arabia, ensuring the command of the Arab coalition intervening in Yemen.
All attempts to end the Yemeni conflict that has lasted four years have so far failed, while the international community expects progress on the occasion of consultations in Sweden on Thursday welcoming a start "promoter".