Political Analysis

Yemeni Negotiators Agree with UN Peace Proposals

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Written by Fakhri Al-Arashi

Kuwait, Apr 29, The three delegations negotiating a peace deal in Kuwait for Yemen pledged to respond positively to the agreement proposed by the UN, basically in issues related to politics, security and economy, diplomatic sources said today.

The Yemeni parties renewed their commitment yesterday during direct sessions of peace negotiations between representatives of the Yemeni government, the insurgent movement Ansar Allah and the People’s General Congress party (PGC), an allied of the insurgents.

According to UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, government delegates, Houthi rebels and the PGC had positive political consultations.

Cheikh Ahmed led the talks aiming to resolve the country’s crisis peacefully, which has worsened since March 26th, 2015 when Saudi Arabia began airstrikes.

The Mauritanian diplomat said the direct sessions of negotiations was limited only to the heads of the three delegations and three members of each to deal with the general recommendations he presented on political, economic and security issues in the next stage of the talks.

Besides discussing ways to firm up an ongoing ceasefire, delegates also tackled “the issues related to the withdrawal of armed groups, handover of heavy weapons, resumption of the political transition and the release of prisoners and detainees,” Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement.

Other key points were measures to revive the country’s economy, considered the poorest in the Arab world.

On Wednesday, negotiators completed a week of negotiations in this capital with parallel debates about the five points of the UN Security Council Resolution 2216, which serve as guidelines for an agreement.