Yemen Peace Talks to Restart Next Week After Months Delay
According to sources, peace discussions between all sides involved in the Yemen conflict is going to recommence in Sweden from next week. Although the date hasn’t been confirmed and even the date can get postponed; still, there is a huge hope regarding the much-delayed peace discussion between the Houthi militia and the internationally accepted Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-backed alliance might kick-off from the middle of the next week.
According to a European diplomatic source, the time frame for the UN orchestrated process; the date of the peace discussion is still flexible.
Britain, along with the US and other allies is demanding to be an end to the four-years of civil war in Yemen, which had killed over thousands of civilians and have already shoved Yemen to the verge of the worst famine in a generation.
Dr. Elizabeth Kendall, a Yemen expert at Pembroke College, Oxford University stated that a restoration in discussion between the fighting sides would be the first step; however, the path leading towards the peace is going to be a hard path to steer. Kendall added that if the two sides are speaking, it would be very compelling. However, he warned against being excessively confident; however, pointed that neither sides involved in the fight would want to be accused for quell the latest chance of discussion and aggravating the current frenzied humanitarian crisis, by failing to appear in Sweden.
The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is the person behind initiating the peace talks, has been traveling around the region, talking with top representatives from all nations; he has been also talking with Houthi militia leaders in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.
Previous attempts to carry on peace discussions on Yemen in Geneva failed after the Houthi militia failed to turn up for the meeting.
Even a Houthi delegation was left marooned in Oman for many months succeeding the last round of actual peace discussions, which were held in Kuwait two years ago. Griffiths told that the rebel group should hold their fight or it would become difficult to hold peace talks.