The UN special envoy to Yemen said Tuesday that warring parties have agreed to a framework for talks that will open the way for extensive negotiations to end the conflict.
The announcement came after Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, whose country is hosting the talks, met with the two delegations separately and urged them to reach a peaceful solution.
It also came a day after the UN Security Council urged all sides in the negotiations to be constructive.
The two delegations “agreed to an agenda for negotiations which is a framework for discussing security, economic and political issues,” UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told a press conference.
He said “comprehensive negotiations” would start on Wednesday in line with UN Security Council resolution 2216, which is seen as a basis for any peace plan.
It states that the rebels must withdraw from seized territories and disarm before talks can progress.
But Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the UN wants all the main issues to be discussed in parallel by joint committees.
He said no timeframe has been set for the talks which should continue as necessary to achieve a “comprehensive peaceful settlement.”
“We don’t want to go back to Yemen without a peaceful settlement,” Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.