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UN-Sponsored Yemeni Talks in Amman to Complete Truce Terms

UN-Sponsored Yemeni Talks in Amman to Complete Truce Terms

Monday, 23 May, 2022 - 08:00
A military policeman carries a weapon as he waits at the funeral of Houthi fighters killed during recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa, Yemen December 6, 2021. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/File Photo

Yemeni delegates are expected to start a new round of talks this week in the Jordanian capital, Amman. Consultations are a part of the efforts exerted to reach consensus for implementing the rest of the items of the Yemeni humanitarian truce in place.

Lifting the siege on the city of Taiz and opening vital roads to contact areas are examples of the items Yemeni representatives will be discussing.

Houthis militias officially announced that their representatives would go Sunday to Amman to attend the consultations.

For its part, the Yemeni government had identified its delegates after the truce entered into force.

The truce expires on July 2, but the UN hopes to extend it and build on it to launch multiple tracks of consultations aimed at finding lasting peace.

Meanwhile, Yemeni and human rights activists launched a wide campaign on social media on Sunday to demand the lifting of the siege on Taiz. At least 26 human rights organizations have signed a statement calling for international pressure to compel the Houthis to end the siege on the Yemeni city.

The statement called on the international community to pay adequate attention to the siege on Taiz and the humanitarian crisis it generated there.

The human rights groups called on the international community to prioritize Taiz to end the war in Yemen, given the central importance of this file in the Yemen crisis.

“Taiz has been subjected to a suffocating siege since 2015, in light of an international engagement that makes lifting this siege and alleviating the suffering of its civilians a sub-issue that receives little attention, with promises that are soon repudiated,” said the statement.

“The Taiz file is not considered except in some of the margins of international efforts and discussions to end the war in Yemen, despite the city living in the harshest conditions of war,” it added.

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