Will Yemen Finally See the Dawn of Peace?

December 17, 2018

The UN based peace talks in Sweden paved way for a breakthrough after 5 years. The warring parties of Yemen decided on a consensus to a ceasefire.  For nearly 4 years, Yemen had been at war creating mass destruction and leaving millions of people starving and homeless.

The Iran-aligned Houthi group faced against the Saudi based coalition has affected numerous areas of Yemen especially the port city of Hodeidah. Now, Hodeidah is the main source of the incoming humanitarian necessities for the war-stricken in Yemen. With the continual fighting within the two mob groups, the source of humanitarian goods stopped rendering the war-afflicted Yemenis on the brink of starvation.

The UN feared a mass scale assault by both these parties would result in a cutting off the supply of humanitarian goods for 30 million Yemenis. This could very well be the end of Yemen.

Hence, with the cessation of the peace talks, the UN convinced the two powers to a ceasefire and draw back their forces from the port city of Hodeidah. Now, the Saudi coalition controls several ports in the sea, but the Houthis control the city. Hence, the UN has to work and carefully monitor the ceasefire which is to start on Tuesday.

Any, a breach in the negotiations can reinitiate war which could very well be the end for Yemen. Therefore, to monitor the ceasefire, the UN has employed a strong monitoring regime, under Patrick Cammaert, a Dutch Major General to oversee the condition of Hodeidah.

Further, actions are to be taken in another peace conference in January, which will discuss the political framework of the Houthis and Yemen’s government. The Houthis want a part in the Yemeni government which said they can enter it only after they claim disarmament. This peace conference may change the way of life, as this one hopes to end the 4-year long war that has caused mass destruction.

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