DUBAI Yemen’s warring parties are anticipated to announce a humanitarian ceasefire within days ahead of U.N.-sponsored talks to end a civil war that has killed practically 6,000 folks, an official from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government stated on Monday.
The United Nations specific envoy to Yemen has met Hadi in Aden and Houthi officials in the Omani capital Muscat with a proposed agenda for the talks, which Hadi’s foreign minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi mentioned would start on Dec. 15.
“The Houthis have authorized the agenda blueprint,” an official in Hadi’s office told Reuters. “Inside days a humanitarian ceasefire will be declared and actions to free prisoners and lifting the siege on the cities would commence.”
Forces loyal to Hadi, backed by air strikes and ground forces from a mostly Gulf Arab coalition, have been locked for nine months in a civil war with the Houthis, who rule the capital Sanaa and other cities.
The Houthi spokesman, in a posting on his Facebook web page, confirmed that his group had discussed “the venue and the date for the talks planned for the middle of this month” with the U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
“Ways for a ceasefire and subsequent self-assurance-creating methods had been also discussed, and we expressed our openness to conduct a responsible and severe dialogue,” the spokesman, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, added, with out supplying specifics.
Prior U.N.-mediated negotiations to finish the conflict by way of dialogue failed as battles rage across the nation and Saudi-led warplanes bomb positions of the Houthi group and its Yemeni army allies.
The proposed agenda for the talks stipulates quick self-confidence-developing measures, including the release of the Yemeni defense minister captured by the Houthis in March, lifting a siege of cities and other population centers, and suspending recruitment of youngsters to fight in the conflict.
Hadi’s supporter say Houthi forces are besieging the city of Taiz, north of Aden. The Houthis say the Saudi-led coalition is successfully placing significantly of the country under siege by closing off its air space and sea ports.
The peace talks would be aimed at implementing a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted in April, which offers for the restoration of the Yemeni government and withdrawal of Houthi forces from the cities.
(Reporting By Mohammed Ghobari, Writing by Sami Aboudi Editing by Dominic Evans)