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United Nations envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (L) shakes hands with Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi during a meeting in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Aden- U.N. envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced on Saturday the end of Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, but said negotiation between the two Yemeni warring sides will resume within a month.

“We depart Kuwait today but the Yemen peace talks continue. The structure and mechanism will change during the coming weeks so that we give the parties space to consult with their leaderships,” Ould Cheikh Ahmed told reporters during a press conference in Kuwait.

The envoy highlighted nine points as recommendation for the two. They are the following: renewal of their commitment to the terms and conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities and to urgently activate the mechanisms for its implementation, activation of the De-escalation and Coordination Committee in Dhahran al-Janoub and Local Security Committees in order to strengthen respect for the Cessation of Hostilities.

Also facilitation of the adoption of urgent measures to ensure unhindered access for humanitarian aid and basic goods and to address the economic situation and facilitation of the urgent release of all political prisoners and all individuals under house arrest or arbitrarily detained including those mentioned in UN Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015).

The concluding statement also recommended abstention from any acts, escalation or decisions likely to undermine the prospects of finalizing these negotiations and reaching an agreement, conducting a series of consultations between the delegations and their respective leaderships in the coming phase on the ideas, which were discussed during the talks and study them in detail, continuation of consultations and resumption of direct talks within one month from the submission of this statement at a place to be agreed upon.

Furthermore reaffirming the continued positive spirit in engaging with any and all matters, which may facilitate reaching a complete, comprehensive and permanent solution to the conflict in Yemen; to that end, addition to the delegations, to the next round of talks, military experts in order to provide technical support and advice in their area of expertise.

The envoy rejected that the talks in Kuwait have failed, and assured that they placed a solid foundation for an agreement to be reached soon, hopefully.