Yemen conference: the prisoner release agreed

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After more than four years of civil war in Yemen, the parties to the conflict have set a sign of relaxation. The UN special envoy Martin Griffiths spoke at the peace conference from a hopeful step.

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Hope for peace: Yemen-talks in Sweden

Since the morning representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels discuss ways to end the civil war in the country in the South of the Arabian Peninsula. At the Start of the negotiations in the village of Rimbo, North of Stockholm, he proclaimed to the agreement on a prisoner exchange. “This will lead to thousands of families reunited,” he said. When exactly the exchange will take place, remained unclear. According to the International Committee of the Red cross is about 5000 to 8000 prisoners.

Welcome Yemeni negotiators through the UN special envoy, Martin Griffiths (l.)

That it came now ever to the talks, described Griffith as a milestone in the efforts to find a solution to the conflict. In Yemen, the internationally-recognized government is fighting against the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran and large parts in the North of the country and the capital Sana’a to control. The government is supported since 2015 of a Saudi-led coalition, which has contributed with their air attacks significantly to the escalation of the conflict.

The infrastructure is destroyed as a result of bomb attacks and battles in part. The food supply is in many places broken. More than eight million people are starving. More than two million have been displaced from their homes.

Counterparty does not speak directly to each other

Griffith can check off the Agreement now, the first point on his list of conference objectives. He is also aiming for the consent of both parties to the re-opening of the airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Also weapons should be concluded at a standstill for the port city of Hudaida, the Houthis are in control of.

According to the United Nations, under whose mediation the conference came to be, are not planned for direct talks between the warring parties. Instead, it will consult with the delegations separately. Also, confidence should be the end of measures and possibilities for the formation of a transitional government.

uh/stu (rtr, dpa)

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