The UN special envoy to Yemen said Tuesday that warring parties have agreed to a framework for talks that will open the way for extensive negotiations to end the conflict.
The announcement came after Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, whose country is hosting the talks, met with the two delegations separately and urged them to reach a peaceful solution.
It also came a day after the UN Security Council urged all sides in the negotiations to be constructive.
The two delegations “agreed to an agenda for negotiations which is a framework for discussing security, economic and political issues,” UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told a press conference.
He said “comprehensive negotiations” would start on Wednesday in line with UN Security Council resolution 2216, which is seen as a basis for any peace plan.
He said no timeframe has been set for the talks which should continue as necessary to achieve a “comprehensive peaceful settlement.”
“We don’t want to go back to Yemen without a peaceful settlement,” Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.
More than 6,800 people have been killed and around 2.8 million displaced since a Saudi-led coalition began its war in March 2015 against the Yemenis who bravely confronted it despite huge sacrifices.