The Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad, chairing the peace talks in Kuwait between various factions involved in the Yemeni conflict, briefed the UN Security Council on the status of the talks while presenting a roadmap outlining practical plans to end the conflict in Yemen.
Speaking to the Security Council via videoconference from Kuwait, the UN envoy said the roadmap will help bring Yemen back to a peaceful political process. The roadmap, he added, provides for the implementation of the security arrangements specified in Security Council resolution 2216 and the establishment of a national unity government that would ensure the delivery of basic services and address the recovery of the Yemeni economy.
In his presentation to the UN body, the envoy acknowledged the positive role played by Kuwait and its leadership, and expressed gratitude to His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for hosting the peace talks.
In his briefing, which came two months after the launch of the peace talks in Kuwait, the UN official affirmed that progress has been made in some cases and further efforts are still needed in others. Over the previous period of the talks, the UN official told the French-led Security Council that the parties unanimously agreed on the need to reach a peaceful solution to put an end to the conflict in Yemen.
The UN official called for the support of Member States in the region and the 15-member body to encourage the delegations to overcome their differences quickly, to strengthen the common ground and demonstrate good faith. "Yemen is on the path to an agreement and each day of delay needlessly extends the country's agony," he added.