STOCKHOLM – Conflicting Parties in Yemen Decided Thursday to Release Thousands of Prisoners UN-brokered talks in Stockholm, local media reported.
Peace talks between the Yemeni government and representatives of the Houthi movement began on Thursday in Sweden under UN auspices. Hi "promising" start, United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said at a press conference that the meeting of Yemeni delegations in Sweden was already an "important step" in the process of resolving the problem. conflict.
million. Griffiths added that the exchange of prisoners agreed by both parties at the beginning of the talks would allow thousands of families to be reunited, while the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has announced the release of at least 5000 prisoners.
A UN source, quoted by the press, said UN diplomats should hold further meetings between the warring parties in the near future to discuss further steps to strengthen "confidence" and form "a of transition "in Yemen
Sweden, for its part, called for "constructive" talks to stop Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom calling a "humanitarian catastrophe" in Yemen. According to media sources, the UN special envoy is now trying to reopen Sana'a International Airport, support the resumption of the activities of the central bank and establish a lasting truce in the port of Hodeidah, controlled by the Houthis.
The goal of the UN through its talks is to also reach agreement on a "broader" ceasefire and "a halt to coalition airstrikes", with the aim of preserve thousands of civilians and meet the "urgent" food needs of some 20 million Yemenis who suffer from malnutrition.
"The Yemeni people, especially the children, have been waiting for these peace talks for a long time," said the Swedish Foreign Minister in this context. The talks are expected to last a week, said Hanane El Badaoui, spokesman for United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.
The Houthie delegation, accompanied by Mr. Griffiths, arrived in Stockholm on Tuesday evening, according to the Swedish channel SVT, preceding the delegation of the Yemeni government for one day. Confiding his hope for "serious" progress in these talks, Mr. Griffiths added, "we must act today before we lose control of Yemen, let's not give up despite the challenges we face" .