Yemen plans ceasefire for week of UN peace talks

Published December 8th, 2015 - 12:00 GMT

AFP reports that Yemen's Foreign Minister declared that the multiple factions in Yemen will observe a week-long truce, starting December 15, while the UN mediates peace talks in Geneva. 

UN Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told AFP reporters that the three main factions in the Yemeni civil war will participate in both the ceasefire and the peace talks. The talks are expected to last "as long as it takes".

The delegations headed to Geneva involve representatives of Hadi's government, the Houthi rebels, and officials from the General People's Congress (GPC), who are loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

According to a Yemeni cabinet source for AFP, the ceasefire agreement includes a request for the Houti rebels to "lift the seige of towns, allow the entry of humanitarian aid, and free military and political detainees".

The temporary truce "will be supervised by the U.N. and could be extended if respected by the (rebels)," the source added.

Currently, Houthi forces have blockaded Taiz, the third largest city in Yemen. The UN estimates that there are 200,000 civilians within the city in need of emergency aid. UNICEF also reports that 500,000 children throughout Yemen are facing malnutrition.

 

The Houthis have not sent confirmation that they will adhere to the terms of the ceasefire.

According to reports from the UN, more than 5,700 people have been killed in Yemen, almost half of them civilian.

 


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