UN: Yemen parties agreed on detailed plan on prisoners’ exchange

UN: Yemen parties agreed on detailed plan on prisoners’ exchange

Alsahwa Net: Office of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths said on Sunday in a joint statement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that the Yemeni government and the Houthis militia agreed on a detailed plan to “complete the first official large-scale exchange of prisoners since the beginning of the conflict.”

“This is a step towards the fulfillment of the parties’ commitment to the phased release of all conflict-related detainees according to the Stockholm Agreement,” the statement read.

The parties [the government and the Houthis rebels] decided on Sunday to immediately begin with exchanging the lists for the upcoming release.

Representatives from the government and the Houthis decided this following seven-day meeting in Amman of Jordan. 

“I urge the parties to move forward with the exchange they agreed on today with the utmost sense of urgency. Progress has been too slow on this front. The pain of the thousands awaiting reunion with their loved ones must end,” the statement quoted Griffiths

 “Today the parties showed us that even with the growing challenges on the ground, the confidence they have been building can still yield positive results,” he said.

The government and the Houthis signed the Stockholm agreement in December 2018.

The agreement requires exchange of prisoners and end of the Houthis-imposed siege on Taiz city.

However, the Houthis have been obstructing implementation of the agreement including decline to release civilian captives.

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