Yemen peace talks ‘moving forward’ – UN envoy

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UN envoy urges Yemeni parties to prioritize national interest for peace in war-torn country

UNITED NATIONS, May 1 (APP): The United Nations envoy for Yemen reported Saturday that the latest session of peace negotiations among Yemeni parties in Kuwait was “positive an constructive” and reflected their mutual desire to move forward towards peace.

Both Yemen’s government delegation and the delegation of Ansarullah and the General People’s Congress submitted a comprehensive paper that included a proposal on the political and security tracks including withdrawals, handover of heavy weapons to the State, and the issue of prisoners and detainees.

“Both papers included full commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015), other relevant Security Council resolutions, the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] initiative and the outcomes of the Comprehensive National Dialogue. This is an encouraging start that will set the ground for a negotiated solution,” the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said.