ICRC President Held Discussions in Amman on Freeing Detainees in Yemen

February 7, 2019

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer stated on Wednesday that he held discussions in Amman to persuade the different conflicting parties to impose the agreement on the release of prisoners in Yemen.

Maurer during a press conference at the ICRC headquarters stated that the ICRC accepts the consensus that was reached between the warring parties of Yemen for the release, deportation, and return of the prisoners associated with the conflict. He even stated that ICRC is glad to observe that coordinated efforts, spearheaded by the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, have surfaced.

The ICRC president stated that the discussions have now reached a crucial stage, but he is confident about the attainment of a positive result. Maurer commented that the accord offers hope to thousands of families whose loved ones haven’t returned from the battleground.
On Tuesday a UN spokesman stated that negotiations for prisoners’ swap in the Yemen civil war had started in the Jordanian capital and discussions on demilitarizing in and around the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah were also making progress.

ICRC said it has a deep-rooted allegiance to the people of Yemen where it has been on the soil for years, working to help and defend people vulnerable to violence and conflict for a very long time.

Due to its competence and its role as a neutral negotiator, the ICRC was contacted by the UN and Yemeni parties to play an important role in the prisoner exchange process.
Maurer stated that ICRC is doing their best to support the parties so that they can successfully enforce the accord and go ahead with the prisoner release. ICRC is providing their technical and logistical prowess in this matter.

Since late 2014, Yemen has been pitted in a civil war when the Houthi rebels took over Sanaa and ousted the government of President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. The Yemen war has killed over 10,000 people and has lead to a serious humanitarian crisis.

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