UN envoy calls on Yemeni negotiators to offer mutual concessions

KUWAIT, May 31 (KUNA) — The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called on the three negotiating teams to offer mutual concessions in order to reach a peaceful settlement to the conflict in their country The negotiatiors held three separate sessions on Tuesday as part of the UN-brokered peace talks, according to a night update by the UN envoy’s office.
The government delegation was briefed by a UN expert on implementation mechanisms relating to withdrawal, handover of weapons and re-integration adopted by countries that had undergone similar conflicts. The discussions also revolved around variations of a roadmap towards a peaceful comprehensive solution.
During the second session, the Special Envoy and the delegations of Ansarullah movement and the General People’s Congress exchanged views on how to lay a firm ground for a comprehensive agreement and the need to have guarantees to implement the aspired solutions.
Later on the delegates of the three parties to the committee on the prisoners’ affairs, met to renew their commitment to present initial feedback on the lists that were exchanged earlier this week in order to release a number of detainees before the holy month of Ramadan.
The committee discussed a draft principles agreement to resolve this issue in the long term. The special envoy stated that “reports from several Yemeni cities are indicative of the magnitude of suffering the Yemeni people are going through in light of shortages in basic services.” “This suffering should, however, turn into an incentive to reach a rapid and comprehensive solution especially as we approach Ramadan. “We continue to urge the parties to make concessions and put the interests of Yemen and Yemenis above all. It is about time that all the parties propose solutions away from win or lose calculations,” he added. (pickup previous) hrz.gb

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