Yemen peace talks urgently needed to save country from famine

Is Yemen Peace Possible?

If the world does not act now, for yemen peace, it will be too late for millions of people. The people in Yemen are at the brink of famine due to the four-year conflict between Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran as well as government forces and backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

Brokering a peace deal, the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said an appropriate formula need to be worked out to involve the Houthis and other political parties in a government of unity to bring peace in the country.

War in Yemen has killed over 10,000 people leading the country to worst humanitarian crisis in the world, added the former British diplomat.

The much-anticipated round of talks is expected to be held in coming weeks in Stockholm in Sweden to discuss a framework and Griffiths hope all sides would meet. The last time dialogue took place was about two years ago in Kuwait, but it wrapped up without reaching anything positive towards peace.

According to Griffiths genuine assurances have been received by the leadership of Yemeni parties and they are committed to attend. He will be meeting rebel leader Abdulmalik Al Houthi in Sanaa next week and meanwhile is trying to finalize the logistics for the talks.

Paul Linus