Yemen peace talks in Kuwait did not fail

August 9, 2016 5:31 AM

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Jeddah, Aug. 9 (BNA): UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad said "Yemen's peace talks hosted by Kuwait didn't fail", stressing that he is seeking to make the talks a way for a comprehensive solution to the crisis.

Speaking on Monday at a joint news conference with Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani, the envoy said the UN-brokered peace talks addressed some "sensitive topics" like the military withdrawal, the security arrangements, the handover of weapons and means of improving economic situations in the country.

He said "the political solution is the only way to end Yemen's crisis", indicating that there will be discussions in the upcoming period so as to reach a comprehensive solution, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

A series of meetings will be held with different warring parties of Yemen in this regard, he noted. Ould Cheikh Ahmad said that the international community is committed to the three references; the Gulf initiative, the outcomes of Yemeni national dialogue and the UN Security Council Resolution 2216, so as to end the crisis. He stressed that all Yemeni parties affirmed their commitment to the agreed-upon references to put an end to the crisis.

He referred to deteriorating humanitarian situations in Yemen as more than 85 percent of Yemenis has been affected by the war. Meanwhile, Madani expressed his hope that the envoy's efforts would solve the crisis politically.

He said the decision taken by "those parties which made a coup against legitimacy" to form a presidential council and call parliament for another session will lead to further complexities.

The organization has been supporting endeavors to find a political solution to the crisis and will buttress UN efforts to make a successful mission, he said, noting that opportunities of dialogue on Yemen have still available.

Earlier today, Madani and Ould Cheikh Ahmad held a meeting at the headquarters of OIC in Jeddah and discussed the latest developments and consultations on Yemen's peace talks, KUNA reported.


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