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UN-Sponsored Yemeni ‘Consultative’ Talks Held in Tunisia

UN-Sponsored Yemeni ‘Consultative’ Talks Held in Tunisia

Wednesday, 2 May, 2018 - 10:00
Southern Popular Resistance fighters gather on a road during fighting against Houthi fighters in Yemen's southern city of Aden May 3, 2015. ( Reuters)

A United Nations-sponsored “consultative” meeting was held in the Tunisian capital on Tuesday during which Yemeni representatives from all parties discussed the ongoing crisis in their country.

The three-day meeting included representatives of the General People's Congress, the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (known as Al-Islah Party), the Nasserist Reform Organization, Al-Rashad (a Salafist party), the Ansar Allah (Houthis), the Inclusive Hadhramout Conference and the Southern Transitional Council.

This is the second meeting held in Tunisia under the auspices of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffith to discuss the situation in Yemen, the possibility of stopping the war and reviving peace efforts between conflicting parties.

All UN efforts are directed towards establishing a roadmap for the Yemeni state’s future political environment. Participants in this meeting do not necessarily represent their political parties.

According to Yemeni parties participating in this meeting, talks take on the form of consultative dialogue, not an official negotiation.

Talks are planned by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), a group which has already organized 17 meetings for political dialogue between Yemeni conflicting parties in February last year in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

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