UN Says Yemen Peace Talks Discuss Forming Security, Military Committees

The UN special envoy said on Wednesday that Yemen’s warring parties have discussed forming military and security committees to oversee a transition period aimed at ending the deadly crisis in the country.

“Discussions continued on security and military issues, including the details of military and security committees,” Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement early Wednesday.

Peace talks in Kuwait between Ansarullah revolutionaries and the Saudi-backed exiled government of fugitive president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have completed their eighth week without any major breakthrough other than the release of some prisoners.

Ansarullah, announced the release of 187 prisoners and Saudi Arabia, which backs Hadi, said last week it freed 52 children.

The UN envoy had tried to push the two sides to release half of all their prisoners before the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on June 6.

The main sticking point in talks remains the form of the government that would oversee a transition back to normality once a peace deal is reached.

The head of the Houthi delegation representing Ansarullah Mohammed Abdulsalam told Yemeni media late Tuesday that they would reject any deal that does not meet the demand of forming a transitional body.

“Any deal that does not meet our demands of forming a consensual authority… will be rejected,” Abdulsalam said.

Yemen has been since March 26, 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition.

Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Arabia.


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