UN seeks to narrow gap between Yemeni parties

(Roundup) KUWAIT, May 8 (KUNA) — UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad is exerting big efforts aiming to bridge gap between the Yemeni warring parties participating in the peace talks currently hosted by Kuwait.
The envoy is still facing many challenges as the parties have some differences on some issues, mainly political and security dossiers as well as the issues of detainees and prisoners, in a bid to formulate a general strategic framework which includes proposals of all parties in order to resolve the crisis.
Since its start on April 21, the talks have made a key progress after the concerned parties agreed on the UN proposed framework on political, security and economic axes in the upcoming period.
The parties stressed their abidance by the code of ethics in media and dealing positively with UN envoy’s proposals pertaining to continuing efforts so as to reach a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis in line with UN Security Council resolution 2216, other relevant resolutions, the Gulf Initiative and the outcomes of national dialogue.
A source close to the UN envoy said the talks scheduled to discuss security and political dossiers as well as the issues of prisoners and detainees on Sunday were delayed to start on Monday due to some differences between the parties.
In the framework of supporting the peace talks, a group of leading Yemeni figures held the negotiating parties accountable for not reaching a permanent peaceful solution yet; nonetheless, they encouraged them to set-aside their personal interest and have a sense of responsibility to bring back peace to the country.
This remark was made by a scholar in sociology Rasha Jarhum who spoke on behalf of the group in a press conference on Sunday. “The Yemeni parties engaging in the UN-brokered Yemeni peace talks should commit to resolutions made by UN Security Council, the GCC Initiative and the national dialogue.” “Women and youth should be part of the solution,” she stressed, adding that fighting should be stopped, humanitarian aid should be allowed entry, women and children should be protected in order to create peace and stability in the country.
“Yemeni women have played a major role in politics,” she said, noting that they had an effective role in the Yemen’s national dialogue conference where they formed 30 percent of the participants.
“In this critical moment of history. We, women, were invited by UN envoy Ould Cheikh Ahmad to participate in the Kuwait-hosted peace talks to reflect our point of view in the negotiations,” Jarhum pointed out.
“We are speaking out for Yemeni women and children. We will try to encourage the warring parties to reach a comprehensive peaceful outcome.” The Yemeni women, seven of them, arrived in Kuwait last week by an invitation from the UN special envoy.
They expressed appreciation to Kuwait for hosting these talks and for playing a “positive role” in helping the Yemenis in their ongoing crisis.
They had had a significant role during the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), held in Sanaa between March, 2013 and January, 2014, supporting peace-talks consultations and showing their opinion on making positive changes in the country, Jamila Rajaa, NDC’s member, said in a press conference.
They could push the ongoing UN-mediated peace talks in Kuwait further through sharing their visions and ideas with the negotiators, Rajaa said.
For her part, Nabila Al-Zubair, head of Saada committee at NDC, indicated that recent Yemeni women talks with representatives of the participating Yemeni delegations in the Kuwait have focused on the importance of bearing responsibilities and taking positive stands towards pending issues, including reaching a comprehensive solution to end the ongoing conflict in Yemen.
“We have met with some former colleagues and partners, and urged them to establish peace for the people and resolve all disputes resulted from misinterpretation and misunderstanding,” she said.
Al-Zubair also stressed the importance of disarming and starting a meaningful comprehensive national dialogue, expressing hope that the talks, as well as the efforts exerted by Arab and foreign countries, contribute to resolving the Yemeni crisis. (pickup previous) am.hm

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