United Nations expects Yemen peace negotiations in 2019
Warring parties in Sweden to discuss ways to alleviate humanitarian crisis
Another round of talks on the Yemen conflict is expected to take place in the coming months, sources said Sunday, as the warring parties met for UN-sponsored negotiations in Sweden.
The Sweden initiative marks the first meeting between the two sides since the 2016 breakdown of talks to end the war, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the government’s fight against the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.
The conflict has triggered what the UN considers the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with nearly 14 million Yemenis at risk of mass starvation as violence, poverty, disease and blockades bring the impoverished country to its knees.
The talks are not aimed at finding a solution to the Yemen conflict, according to the UN. Instead, they are focusing on a few key areas: the humanitarian corridors, a prisoner swap; the reopening of the defunct Sanaa international airport; and the fate of Hodeida, the rebel-held Red Sea city that has been an impasse in the talks.
– with reporting by Agence France-Presse