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Yemen warring parties discuss forming security committees: UN enovoy

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference in Kuwait City, May 26, 2016. (AFP photo)

The UN special envoy to Yemen said Wednesday that warring parties have discussed forming security committees to oversee a transition period aimed at ending Yemen’s conflict, which began with Saudi airstrikes in March 2015.

"Discussions continued on security and military issues, including the details of military and security committees," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.

The remarks come as representatives of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and delegates loyal to the Saudi-backed resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, held the latest round of the ongoing UN-brokered talks in Kuwait.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Abdulsalam, head of the Ansarullah delegation, has said that the Houthis would reject any deal that does not include their input on the makeup of the transitional body.

"Any deal that does not meet our demands of forming a consensual authority... will be rejected," Abdulsalam told Yemeni media late Tuesday.

He also said that any deal on the president, the national unity government, and military and security committees should include Ansarullah movement’s endorsement.

The main sticking point in the ongoing talks between rivals remains the form of the government that would oversee a transition back to normalcy once a peace accord is reached.

A general view of the various delegations taking part in the peace talks on Yemen’s conflict, Kuwait City, April 21, 2016. (AFP photo)

The UN envoy has frequently called on the warring parties to “make concessions in order to strike a comprehensive peaceful solution” to the conflict.

Warring sides have made no significant progress other than a preliminary agreement to release some prisoners.

Houthis have announced the release of 187 prisoners. This is while Saudi Arabia said last week it freed 52 children.

The UN envoy had pushed the warring parties to release half of all detainees before the holy month of Ramadan.

The ongoing peace talks on Yemen have failed to establish peace as delegations trade accusations of violation of a ceasefire agreement that took effect on April 11. 

Yemenis check the ruins of buildings destroyed in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia on February 25, 2016 in the capital, Sana’a. (AFP photo)

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015, in a bid to reinstate Hadi and crush the Houthi movement.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured in the Saudi campaign.

There has been mounting international pressure to bring an end to the Saudi war on Yemen.

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