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Inter-Yemeni talks to resume in a month - UN envoy
August 7, 2016, 8:28 am

Inter-Yemeni talks will resume in a month at a venue to be determined later, said the UN trouble-shooter for Yemen on Saturday.

The delegations that had taken part in the consultations for 90 days would depart Kuwait later today, said Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN envoy for Yemen.
He affirmed "the commitment to pursuing the consultations and holding further face-to-face sessions" that would be held in a month.
Cheikh Ahmed added that venue for the planned follow-up talks would be "agreed upon" later.

Cheikh Ahmed, speaking at a news conference, stressed on necessity of maintaining "a positive spirit to push the consultations forward for sake of peace."

The Kuwait-hosted consultations paved way for the aspired accord "which we hope to see soon" for resolving the Yemen strife and tackle thorny issues, he added, considering that the mere fact that delegations of the parties sat together at the negotiating table was "an accomplishment in itself."

Major hurdle that faced the consultations was lack of confidence among the Yemeni parties; therefore "we emphasized necessity of ceding concessions," the international envoy added.

He urged the parties to take steps to rebuild the confidence, pursue release of prisoners and abstain from measures that may pose a threat the peace process."

The UN envoy said that the inter-Yemeni talks would enter a new phase to focus on working separately with the warring parties to crystalize the details of the talks.
The structure and the mechanisms for the consultations will be altered over the coming weeks, as the Yemeni parties will be offered a chance to consult with their leaderships, and "we will work with each separately to crystalize the minute and technical details."

Cheikh Ahmed noted that they are working with deliberation, study and foresight, for a sustainable solution in Yemen, warning that any hasty one would be "truncate."

He noted that all his efforts would not lead to a full solution unless the Yemeni parties work for it. He held them responsible for any delay on the path for peace.
In the meantime, the UN official referred to the hard conditions in Yemen, especially the economic situation, urging all parties to join efforts so as to avoid throwing further burdens on the Yemeni people.
Dissolving the economic crisis in Yemen relies on the political solution, the envoy said, adding that the economic conditions in the country are worthy setting off the alarm bells.

The UN trouble-shooter highly appreciated Kuwait for hosting the Yemen consultations, thanking the peace-supporting international community.

Hosting the negotiations, Kuwait has proved it is a pioneer in keenness on peace, and the choice was basic in what has been achieved, Cheikh Ahmed said, highly appreciating His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and his wise leadership and personal intervention sometimes during the consultations.
He also valued efforts by First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

The meetings held over the past weeks have produced several recommendations, topped with renewing commitment to rules and conditions of ceasefire as well as reactivating the mechanisms for fully and urgently implementing it.

They also included facilitating taking urgent measures to guarantee safe delivery of the humanitarian aid and basic commodities, besides remedying the economic situation at home, and releasing political prisoners, and those arbitrary detained, among them one covered by the Un Security Council Resolution 2216.

The recommendation called for refraining from any escalation, or decisions, that are likely to undermine the opportunity for holding consultations and reaching a solution.
In addition, they stressed commitment to carry on with the consultations within a month, he said.

The negotiating delegations will also include military experts.
Hopefully, these points will help provide a favorable atmosphere to continue the dialogue for a comprehensive and a full solution, the envoy said, urging the Yemeni parties to respond, and commit themselves to the Kuwait sessions outcome and to offer further concessions and guarantees.

All parties realize that Yemen is a nation for all Yemenis, and fateful decisions have to be all-inclusive and not unilateral, Cheikh Ahmed stressed, noting that the UN has devoted all potential to serve the path for peace in Yemen, but only Yemenis are capable of moving their country to such a phase, and those concerned have to assume their responsibilities.
Responding to reporters' questions, the UN envoy said that he is still optimistic over the continuation of peace talks on Yemen.

There is an opportunity to return to the negotiations table, as the involved parties are committed to this, he said.
 Cheikh Ahmed noted that the choice that Kuwait would host the future consultations, is still tabled, referring to the support and facilities the country offered to guarantee success for the peace talks.
In a reply to a question, the envoy rejected he is siding with a certain party against another.

Referring to the announcement of the Ansarullah and the General People's Congress (GPC) of a presidential council in Yemen, the UN official said it is a unilateral step that will serve the Yemeni people.

Source: KUNA

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