UN envoy to Yemen says warring parties ready for peace

UN envoy says warring foes in Yemen are increasingly tilting towards forming a feasible peace process

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Photo by: Reuters

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

Warring factions in Yemen are increasingly drifting towards the path of accepting a feasible form of peace, says the UN envoy to Yemen, who believes his plan to end the four-month conflict can become reality soon.

The war in the country has triggered an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Yemen, The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.

A ship carrying enough UN aid to feed 180,000 people for a month docked at the Yemeni port of Aden last week, having been previously prevented from doing so for almost four weeks, World Food Programme spokesman Peter Smerdon said.

"Its the first WFP chartered ship to berth in the port since the conflict erupted in late March," Smerdon said. "We have additional ships chartered which are on standby heading towards Aden carrying more food and fuel."

Previous UN brokered deal between Iranian backed Houthis and Saudi-led coalition had collapsed last June, thus failing to end the conflict.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN envoy to Yemen met the secretary-general of the General People's Congress (GPC) party in Cairo, the GPC supports deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh Saleh, and Nabil Elaraby, the secretary-general of the Arab League, UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said.

"He feels his plan is gaining more and more acceptance among the parties. Riyadh has indicated positive reaction towards the plan, the GPC is also considering it positively," he said.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia responded to Yemeni president Abed Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s call to “save Yemen” from Houthi aggression by starting military operations in late March of this year.

Fawzi said, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed would travel to Oman and Riyadh and then to New York to brief the UN Security Council after his visit to Egypt.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed previously met Houthi representatives in Oman, and met Hadi's government in their self-imposed exile in Riyadh.

TRTWorld and agencies