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U.N. Envoy Urges Decisive Decisions at Resumed Yemeni Peace Talks | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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U.N. Secretary-General Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks to media after the Yemen peace talks in Switzerland in Bern. Photo: Reuters

U.N.’s special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called on parties partaking at the peace consultations underway in Kuwait to take full-on and decisive decisions as to bolster and guarantee intentions for resolving the Yemeni crisis, WAM reported.

Addressing partakers at a session of the recently resumed consultations, the U.N. envoy said that the groups should substantiate good intentions for resolving the crisis and must do so in accordance to the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, other relevant resolutions, the GCC initiative and outcome of the national dialogue.

Expressing gratitude to the parties for returning to the negotiating table, the U.N. envoy confirmed that the new round of talks, expected for another two weeks, would focus on “maintaining cessation of combat actions in a full and comprehensive manner, activate the pacification committee and other commissions namely the military one tasked with overseeing fighters’ withdrawal, arms handover and opening safe passage routes for dispatch of humanitarian aid,” SPA reported.

In the meantime, the envoy added that the prisoners committee will pursue its tasks, in the shadow of calls from the international community to release prisoners and detainees as soon as possible.

Over the past two weeks, the UN special envoy said that intensive meetings have been held in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman, discussing political, security, economic and humanitarian issues, indicating that President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi was involved in some of the talks with the Yemeni leaders and the parties’ representatives.

U.N. envoy Ould Cheikh Ahmed added that he himself had held talks with the GCC Secretary-General, Dr. Abdulatif Al-Zayani, and other political figures.

He expressed deep gratitude to the Emir of Kuwait, the Government and people, for ensuring continuity of consultations, and extended this appreciation to Saudi Arabia and Oman, according to the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA.

“We are at a critical period of time where you are being watched by the Yemeni and international communities,” he said, addressing the conferees.

He warned that the people of Yemen are waiting on actions, rather than words—his remark came against cautions made on renewed breaches of the truce.