Martin Griffiths will travel with the rebels from the Yemeni capital to Sweden early in the week to prevent the collapse of another round of UN-mediated peace talks over Yemen’s civil war.
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“Peace talks are hoping to start on December 5, but the negotiations between the two sides are yet to be finalised,” the diplomatic source said. Logistics for the new round have not been finalised.
The date has not been confirmed by the UN, but hopes are high for long-awaited discussions led by the UN with Houthi rebels and Yemen’s internationally recognised government. The two sides are unlikely to meet face to face but Mr Griffiths and his team will shuttle between the delegations.
Mr Griffiths plans to steer the new talks toward specific objectives, such as unifying Yemen’s central bank and arranging prisoner swaps, in an effort to encourage engagement in the peace efforts.
“Talks are ongoing between the government and UN officials, nothing has been confirmed,” Hamza Al Kamali, a government delegation member who was at the Geneva talks.
The Yemeni official confirmed that Mr Griffiths will travel to Sanaa to ensure the rebels participate.
Mr Griffthis is currently meeting with Yemeni civil society members in Jordan to discuss the steps leading up to the peace talks, Mr Al Kamali said.
Meanwhile, British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron said on Twitter that he was looking forward to seeing the Houthi and government delegations in Stockholm.
“The political solution is the way to move forward,” Mr Aron said.
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