Hope grows for peace in Yemen

Hope grows for peace in Yemen

"The (UN special envoy) would like to announce the restart of the intra-Yemeni political process in Sweden on 6 December 2018", UN envoy Martin Griffiths' office tweeted. The government delegation and the head of the rebel delegation were heading to Sweden on Wednesday.

This round of meetings has been focused on building confidence among the warring parties, with pre-talk measures that included a prisoner swap agreement and the evacuation of wounded rebels for medical treatment.

"It's not much, but given the humanitarian situation and toxic political atmosphere now prevalent in Yemen, it's better than nothing".

More than 10,000 people have been killed since the conflict erupted in 2014 when Shiite Houthi rebels launched a campaign to capture the capital, Sanaa.

The other main route in and out of Houthi territory is the Sanaa airport, but access is restricted by the Saudi-led coalition which controls the air space.

The Saudi-led group has conducted thousands of airstrikes, hitting schools, hospitals and wedding parties in what critics call reckless bombardment.

The fighting in Yemen has generated the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The U.N. envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said the "coming days are a milestone".

"I've heard many say that this is a country on the brink of catastrophe", Beasley said. The meeting is the latest attempt to end a civil war that has ravaged the country and brought it to the brink of starvation. "This is a country that is in a catastrophe".

Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry
A 26-year-old man - who was with Miss Millane before she went missing - is being held in Auckland in connection with the murder. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any of the items matching their descriptions over the past week.

Outrage over the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate has also undermined Western support for Riyadh's regional activities. The United States has called for a cease-fire and reduced some of its logistical aid for the coalition.

"We came here with the intention that these talks would succeed", Issam told AFP.

But previous peace efforts have failed, with neither side willing to compromise. Griffiths, flanked by the two delegations, told them not to waiver. Saudi Arabia has come under heavy USA pressure since the killing of Khashoggi, and the Houthis are under intense financial strain.

A United Nations source said that the two sides were still far from agreement on the three issues, especially on who should manage Hodeidah port and whether the Houthis should entirely quit the city.

Currently, representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels are meeting after three years of civil war in a village close to Stockholm.

The UN Special Envoy also highlighted that the calls made by leaders from both parties in recent weeks for reduction of violence and "de-escalation" of military operations, have formed an important backdrop for bringing the two sides together.

"Yemen today is a living hell for millions of children. there is only one message to those who are gathering today in Sweden". At the Moment, but it is still not far-reaching peace negotiations, but "consultations", said Griffiths.

Hodeida is on the agenda at the talks, slated to run for one week. The Yemeni government is demanding the rebels withdraw. "They believe they have a powerful card there". "Maybe there'll be some more exchange of prisoners or some progress on the economy, but I don't think the Houthis will leave Hodeida peacefully".

Related News:



Most liked

Rwanda high court acquits Kagame critic, Diane Rwigara
She launched an activist group called the People Salvation Movement to challenge the Kagame regime to ensure human rights. I am continuing with my political journey ...everything I talked about in the past has not been resolved.

Mohamed Salah becomes fastest Liverpool player to reach 40 Premier League goals
Liverpool FC have the second-best away record in the Premier League this season after collecting 20 points from eight top-flight games.

Despite Trump's tariffs, USA trade deficit at 10-year high
Growth in imports for November slowed sharply to 3.0 percent from a 21.4 jump in October, and far missed analysts' forecast of 14.5 percent.

Cesc Fabregas's move from Chelsea to AC Milan 'depends on wife'
However, they are likely to offer him a four-year deal if he signs in the coming months. I want Eden here, of course , but I want him here if he wants to stay here".

At least 12 dead in 2 bank heists in northeast Brazil
The G1 news website, quoting Milagres Mayor Lielson Landim, reported that the five dead hostages belonged to the same family. According to Andre Costa, secretary of security affairs in Caera, two suspects in the attempted robberies were arrested.

Charlottesville: White nationalist found guilty of murder for driving auto into counterprotester
Jeanne "Star" Peterson told the court she was fast on her feet till her right leg was run over by Fields's vehicle . Heyer's mother, Susan Bro and eight victims are expected to testify before Fields' sentencing, NBC News reported .

Wilder Wants Rematch With Fury 'ASAP'
Reiss said he was certain that Fury wasn't knocked out despite lying motionless as he began his count. He indicated the rematch might happen as early as March or April.

Officer died of friendly fire in Thousand Oaks shooting
It was that sixth round which struck Helus in the chest and heart and ultimately killed him, authorities reported Friday morning. Two of the rounds struck the vest, "but only near the edge of the vest, so in my mind, decreasing protection provided", he said.

Radio stations ban "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in the Me Too era
The fight over the song heated up in Denver when KOSI , a radio station that plays exclusively holiday tunes this time of year, banned the song , only to quickly bring it back .

Tobacco company Altria Group to invest $2.4B in Canadian cannabis producer
The agreement allows Altria to nominate four directors to Cronos' board of directors, including one independent director. Cronos's stock closed 22 per cent higher at $17.06 in Toronto, while shares of Altria fell 0.4 per cent.

Bomb Threat Hoaxer, DDos Boss Gets 3 Years
Avonbourne Trust has four academies; Avonwood Primary, Avonbourne College, Harewood College and Avonbourne Sixth Form. The teenager was sentenced to one year for the emails sent to schools and two years for the airport security scare.

White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days, reports CNN
Kelly's tenure working for Trump was pocked with controversies, and officials were often amazed at how he managed to survive. The news comes as Kelly and Trump experience their ugliest fallout yet, with the two reportedly no longer on speaking terms.

Reaves: Wilson 'ran into a lion in the jungle'
With Nate Schmidt back in the Vegas lineup after an early season suspension, the Knights' defense is at full strength now, too. Captials head coach Todd Reirden said Reaves was going after Wilson throughout the game before delivering the knockout blow.

Tillerson Bombshell: Trump asked me to break the law
Tillerson was dismissed from his post in March, while on a trip to Africa and replaced by then-CIA Director, Mike Pompeo. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson , didn't have the mental capacity needed.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Pre-Order Reveals Two Editions
You can unlock Nitros Oxide in the regular version of the game, but only through "completing some of the fiercest challenges". In the U.S. , the standard version of the game will be priced at $39.99 and the Nitros Oxide version will cost $59.99.