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Yemen on a quest for peace

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Yemen on a quest for peace

Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy for Yemen, has announced that peace talks will convene
in Geneva starting on 6 September. It is the first time that the United Nations will call this kind of summit for the Yemeni crisis. There will be a particular focus on the general framework for the negotiations.

Speaking to members of the UN Security Council, Griffiths said that “€œa political
solution”€ to bring an end to the war in this country is “€œavailable”€, and urged world leaders to support this new push for peace negotiations. He highlighted that “€œthese consultations will provide the opportunity for the parties, among other things, to discuss the framework for negotiations, to agree on relevant confidence-building measures, and specific plans for moving the process
forward”€. It is not yet clear whether the parties involved–President Hadi”€™s lawful government, backed by a Saudi-led international coalition, and the Houthi
rebels–will take part in the negotiations or not, or in what context they will take place.

Griffith”€™s announcement came just a few hours after the umpteenth bloodbath in this
conflict which has been going on for three years. Yesterday at least 52 people died and more than a hundred were injured in an air raid carried out by the Saudi-backed coalition against the port city of Hodeidah, in the western part of the country. Abdelrahman Yarai, director of a local health office, was quoted by Reuters as saying “€œSo far we have counted 52 dead and 102 wounded in the market and in front of the entrance of the main hospital in the city”€. Air raids occurred during the evening on 2 August. In Hodeidah, one of the Yemeni army”€™s largest offensives against the Houthi rebels is underway.


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