UN envoy welcomes Ansarullah's release of 130 detainees in Ibb

KUWAIT, June 13 (KUNA) — The Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has welcomed the Ansarullah movement’s release of 130 detainees in Ibb.
In a press statement issued late Monday night, Cheikh Ahmed also urged the Yemeni parties to release as many detainees as possible as soon as possible.
He reiterated his strong condemnation of all unlawful arrests or detentions, as well as the bombing of houses, which violates international human rights law and Yemeni morals.
The UN official announced that the parties agreed that the Committee on Detainees would also continue to consider the principles and mechanisms necessary to resolve this issue as a matter of urgency.
“Today’s meeting was positive and the discussion focused on one of the central issues to the resolution of the conflict,” he said.
“The path to peace is never easy, and I am confident that the parties remain committed to finding viable solutions that will pave the way for a lasting agreement to end the war and open a new page in the history of Yemen.” Earlier, the Special envoy had also met His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. His Highness reiterated Kuwait’s strong support for the efforts of the United Nations to end the conflict in Yemen.
He also convened a meeting with heads of delegations. The discussions focused on security and military issues, including the need to establish military and security committees to oversee any agreed upon security arrangements.
In the meantime, Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah stated Monday that the Kuwait-hosted Yemeni peace talks have entered a new and different phase as several ideas and initiatives have been put forward to reach the aspired progress.
The talks are going in the right direction, Al-Jarallah added in statements to reporters on the sidelines of an Iftar banquet for diplomatic missions in Kuwait held by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
He expressed hopes “that this positive development would help Yemeni parties reach the aspired consensus”. (pickup previous) am.ibi