Yemen Peace Talks Is Nearing an End

December 13, 2018

In two years, the first peace discourse on Yemen is due to conclude on Thursday. In fact, the U.N. mediators are hopeful of making advancement on various important issues.

On the final day of the peace talks, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres would be a part of the event. He would be motivating both parties to keep working on and strengthening that has been attained till date.

The Yemeni government which is being backed by the Saudi and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels has settled on a massive prisoner swap. Reports suggested that both sides are almost close to agreements on reopening the airport of Sanaa. Deals on reinstating oil and gas exports and in turn assist the cash-famished nation to earn some revenue.

However, the condition in the rebel-held port of Hodeida is still a major source of conflict.

Both sides have dismissed an initial bid to pull out fighters and arms from the city and make it a temporary U.N. administration.

Nearly all food and humanitarian relief comes through this port, and any obstruction in those shipments is putting more lives at risk. The Saudi-led allied group supporting Yemeni forces stated that the rebels are receiving Iranian arms via the port. However, Iran has denied this allegation.

A Saudi missile that hit a bus loaded with school children near Sanaa, killed 40 of them. The legislators are not just repulsed by the bloodshed and attacks against children. They are disturbed over the killing of Saudi rebel journalist Jamal Khashoggi, supposedly at the behest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Both sides involved in the peace discourse stated that they plan to meet again early next year. The combat between the Houthis and Yemeni forces started in 2014, when the rebels captured the capital, Sanaa. Over thousands of people have been killed, which includes many civilians.

The U.N. mentioned that Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. With the nation on the verge of famine, nearly 80% of the population doesn’t have access to food, clean water and medical care.

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