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Signs of a Breakthrough in Yemeni Consultations After Kuwait Intervenes - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Kuwait, represented by its Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, intervened in order to save the Yemeni consultations taking place there from collapsing. This intervention came 6 days after the negotiations began under the auspices of the UN during which issues key to the negotiations were not discussed.

A session of direct consultations between the two parties was held yesterday under the auspices of the United Nations during which an agenda was discussed. The session ended after the agenda was confirmed and an agreement was made to begin discussing the agenda in a session scheduled for today.

The Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Abdulaziz Jabbari who is a member of the government delegation participating in the consultations said that he believed that “Everyone here has the inclination to discuss the key issues” and added that he considers this a “good thing”. A member of the Houthi militias delegation Nasser Baqazkoz told Asharq Al-Awsat that an agenda with more than five points had been agreed upon. However, he did not provide further details.

On his part, the UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that achieving peace in Yemen will not occur until a political solution is found and that efforts to implement a ceasefire take a considerable amount of time and effort. He confirmed that the UN Security Council has requested a time plan for the implementation of the UN resolution. Ould Sheikh told a news conference in Kuwait yesterday evening that “I am seeing signs of a breakthrough after the communication that took place”, and pointed out that he does not expect an agreement to be signed within the next few days. He also emphasised that any quick and urgent agreement will not last and that the five points specific to the agenda will be looked at simultaneously.

Ould Cheikh added that the Yemeni peace consultations in Kuwait have not been given a specific time frame “because the issues will take a suitable amount of time”. He continued by saying “We do not want to go back to Yemen, except with peace, and we will allow a suitable amount of time.”