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Yemen: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as first nationwide truce in six years continues

UNDP Yemen People in rural parts of Yemen are suffering from extreme hunger.
    A UN brokered two-month renewable truce between the warring parties, that went into effect on April 4, 2022, in Yemen is holding, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg told the Security Council, providing “light at the end of the tunnel”, and the possibility of a lasting peace.  Yemen’s Government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Houthi rebels have been battling since 2015.

Under the truce, warring sides have accepted to halt all offensive military operations in Yemen and across its borders.

They have also agreed for fuel ships to enter into ports in the Hudaydah region, and for commercial flights to operate from the airport in the capital, Sana’a, to predetermined destinations in the region.

The parties have further agreed to meet under the auspices of the UN Special Envoy to open roads in Taiz and other governorates.

The first nationwide truce in six years coincided with the start of the holy month of Ramadan and includes provisions to improve the freedom of movement of civilians and goods, across the war-torn Arab nation.

Hope for tomorrow

The fragile temporary agreement offers a “rare opportunity to pivot toward a peaceful future,” said Grundberg and recent progress is helping to “pave the way” for a brighter future. The coming weeks will be “a test of the parties’ commitments to uphold their obligations,” and build trust and confidence. Yemen will need the international community’s support as much as ever to find an inclusive, peaceful and sustainable end to the conflict.

CodePink encourage all parties to abided by the agreement and work toward a path that will end the suffering in Yemen and bring peace to the country.

Security Council Meets on Situation in Yemen
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Security Council Meets on Situation in Yemen

 Sources

UN News: Yemen: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as first nationwide truce in six years continues, April 14, 2022

UN News: UN humanitarians say $4.3 billion is needed to halt ‘worsening’ Yemen crisis, April 30,2022

UN News: Return of commercial flights from Yemeni capital after 6 years, an ‘important’ step, May 16, 202

 

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