ADEN, Sept 25 (NNN-YPA) – UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said yesterday that, he has submitted a proposal to the Yemeni warring factions, to prolong the ongoing truce for a long period.
“The United Nations is awaiting the response of the Yemeni parties to our proposal,” he said, in an interview with the Al-Jazeera news channel, stressing the need for constructive cooperation between all sides involved.
“We hope to reach a final solution and a permanent ceasefire that ends the war in Yemen,” he said.
“We cannot reach results, if there is no political will on the part of the Yemeni parties, and this is necessary for success,” Grundberg added.
Last week, Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) Chairman, Rashad al-Alimi, said, his government welcome renewing the UN-brokered truce, which will expire soon.
The PLC chief called for opening roads and lifting the siege imposed by the Houthis on the Yemeni city of Taiz, as a condition to go forward with extending the truce. However, the Houthis said, they were still studying everything proposed regarding the truce, calling for lifting the restrictions imposed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition on Yemen’s airports and ports.
The ongoing truce, which has been largely held, went into force for the first time on Apr 2, and was later renewed twice through Oct 2.
Although the truce has largely been upheld, the internationally recognised government and the Houthi group frequently trade accusations of violations, including sporadic armed attacks.– NNN-YPA