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UN envoy: today's talks "pave solid ground for understanding" to solve crisis
UN's Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad said peace consultations among Yemeni parties on Saturday were "positive and constructive, and pave way for an understanding" for solving the crisis.
Ahmad, at a news conference following a round of talks, said Ansarullah and the General People's Congress handed over a paper included their positions regarding withdrawal, hand over of weapons, prisoners and political affairs.
 
He said the Yemeni government delegation explained their views over regaining control over state institutions, resumption of political process and prisoners.
 
Ahmad said the delegations' papers included their commitment to UN resolution 2216, the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism as well as outcome of national dialogue.
The UN envoy said the delegations "are working on a general strategic framework that includes the proposals of the two teams, builds on common grounds ... ." Ahmad said that "we have positive signs for a political understanding, and we are working on removing all obstacles blocking a political understanding ... We have made a large stride with a common will and a strong determination to reach a solution.
 
"Peace in Yemen will only happen through a political solution, and the consultations held in Kuwait should place the general and pratical framework for this solution," he said.
 
Ahmad said all parties should a quick solution "but we have to be realistic.
 
"The war is more than a year old and it is impossible that it is solved in a day or two ... ," he said.
 
Ahmad explained that sometimes the consultations were very deep and required thorough discussions with specific people, while other talks required involvement of all participants.
 
Asked about the violations of the ceasefire, Ahmad said they were monitoring security developments despite the relative camp in most areas of Yemen.
 
Ahmad said it was sad that the Yemeni people were "paying the price of failure of commitment" to the ceasefire.
 
He said the delegates were showing respect to each other which was a positive sign of optimism.
 
Ahmad said humanitarian organizations were delivering aid in different parts of Yemen, including Ta'ez which witnessed military hostilities.
 
"The humanitarian situation in Yemen is a disaster," he said.
 
He noted that some 21 million Yemenis out of 25 million were in need of humanitarian supplies. Yemen, he added, was the world's second in terms of the number of malnourished children.
 
He said the war in Yemen must end in order to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorist groups.
 
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