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Griffiths’ Proposed Peace Plan Includes Reopening of Airports, Crossings

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has proposed a couple of draft plans to end the war in the two provinces of Taiz and Hodeidah, according to official sources.

The special envoy’s plan consists of reopening airports as well as crossings based on the agreements of 2016 in Dhahran of Saudi Arabia. The plan also stresses setting up a workgroup, including the warring parties, with the role of the United Nations as a third party observer.

Moreover, the draft proposal also consists of all-out stop of military operations, including aerial, drone and missile attacks. The plan as well emphasizes establishing a security-military committee with the attendance of warring parties as well as the UN as an observer.

The earliest round of peace talks on Yemen conflict was held in December of 2015 in Switzerland but was not fruitful. Further peace talks followed, but they were all doomed to failure. However, hopes are high for the current peace talks in Sweden to be a success, ending Yemen’s conflict and alleviating the suffering of Yemenis following four years of war.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with its Arab and Western allies, have launched their military intervention in Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing back to Power exiled president Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi as well as rolling back the gains of the Houthi militia, who controlled the capital Sanaa and most of the northern parts of the country in 2014.

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