Press release on the implementation and prospects for renewing the truce in Yemen, 25 May 2022 [EN/AR] – Yemen

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Amman, 25 May 2022 – As part of the implementation of the truce, representatives of the government of Yemen and Ansar Allah begin negotiations today under the auspices of the United Nations, in Amman, Jordan, to agree on the opening of roads in Taiz and other governorates.

“Yemenis have suffered for too long from the impact of road closures. The opening of roads in Taiz and elsewhere is a crucial part of the truce that will allow families divided by the front lines to see each other, children to go to school, civilians to go to work and to in hospitals, and for essential commerce to resume. I call on the parties to negotiate in good faith to urgently reach an agreement that facilitates freedom of movement and improves conditions for civilians,” said UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg.

As part of the truce, the parties have also made significant progress towards the resumption of commercial flights to and from Sanaa airport. More than 1000 passengers have traveled so far and the frequency of flights is increasing. Preparations are underway to resume flights between Sanaa and Cairo, Egypt. “This will allow more Yemenis to travel abroad to access medical care, education and business opportunities, and to visit family,” Grunberg said. “I am grateful to the Egyptian government for its cooperation in facilitating flights from Sana’a to Cairo and for its active support for UN peace efforts.”

Fighting has declined sharply since the truce began, and civilian casualties have dropped significantly. However, there have been alarming reports of continued fighting and civilian casualties in parts of Yemen in recent weeks. “I call on the parties to exercise maximum restraint to preserve the truce and to fulfill their obligations under international law to protect civilians. I will work with the parties within the coordination mechanisms established under the truce to prevent, de-escalate and resolve incidents. »

As the current truce agreement approaches the end of its two-month period on June 2, the UN Special Envoy is actively engaging with the parties to renew the truce. “We have seen the tangible benefits the truce has brought so far to the daily lives of Yemenis. The parties must renew the truce to extend and consolidate these benefits for the Yemeni people who have suffered for more than seven years of war,” Mr. Grundberg said.

“The truce offered a window of opportunity to break away from the violence and suffering of the past and move towards a peaceful future in Yemen. The parties must seize this opportunity, implementing and renewing the truce and negotiating more durable solutions on security, political and economic issues, including income and wages, to support a comprehensive political settlement of the conflict. The parties have a responsibility to preserve and realize this potential for peace in Yemen. »

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