Yemen peace talks end, no progress on prisoners fate

More meetings scheduled

18 January, 12:01

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, JANUARY 18 - Negotiators from Yemen feuding parties concluded talks in Amman on Thursday with little progress on files of prisoners exchange, the main talking point of the negotiations, officials from the Yemeni government and UN office said on Friday.

    Both sides submitted lists of prisoners for revision as they agreed to hold more meetings within the coming two weeks. The lists are to be reviewed by records submitted for the Red cross and the UN in line with the Sweden agreement.

    Hanan al Badawee, communication officer at the UN office said the meeting is for the technical committee to follow up on the prisoners exchange agreement." She said the results are not expected immediately as the two sides would review details of the prisoners list. Yemeni government officials said that talks have been complicated regarding fate of political prisoners held by the Iran backed Houthi group. The latter refuses to acknowledge holding dozens of high profile politicians and community leaders in a bid to use them as leverage in future talks, said the officials.

    No date has been set for future talks but sources said the two sides could meet again in Amman within 10 days.

    Yemen has descended into a humanitarian crisis in light of fierce fighting between Iran backed militia of Ansar Allah and Saudi backed government. Millions have been displaced as fighting spread across the country, causing famine and spread of water borne diseases.

    The Sweden meeting last year was the first to bring the two sides under one roof, as they agreed on confidence building measures including freeing of thousands of prisoners and allowing aid delivery to stranded civilians. But a recent fighting in Hudeida port and attacks against government loyalists complicated matters, leaving the peace talks on the brink. (ANSAmed).

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