UN envoy offers proposal to extend Yemen truce

UN envoy offers proposal to extend Yemen truce

An image taken from the Al Qaeda Media Office on Sept 21, 2022 shows a military parade in the capital Sanaa, as the Huthi's seized the capital on the eighth anniversary of their seizure. AFP ADEN, Yemen -- UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said on Saturday that he has submitted a proposal to the Yemeni warring factions to prolong the ongoing truce for a long period.

He said in an interview with the Al-Jazeera news channel that the United Nations is waiting for the response of the Yemeni parties to our proposal. He stressed that there needs to be constructive cooperation between all sides involved.

He said we hope to reach a final solution and a permanent ceasefire that ends the war in Yemen.

There is no political will on the part of the Yemeni parties if we can't achieve results, and this is necessary for success, Grundberg said.

Last week, Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council Chairman Rashad al-Alimi said that his government is welcome to renewing the UN-brokered truce, which will expire within a couple of days.

The PLC chief called for the opening of roads and lifting the siege imposed by the Houthis on the Yemeni city of Taiz as a condition to go forward with the extending of the truce.

The Houthis in Sanaa have said they are still studying everything regarding the truce, calling for lifting the restrictions imposed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition on Yemen's airports and ports.

The ongoing truce, which has been largely held, went into effect on April 2 and was renewed twice through Oct 2, for the first time.

The truce has been upheld, but the internationally recognized government and the Houthi group often trade accusations of violations including sporadic armed attacks.

Since late 2014, Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war after the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government out of Sanaa.

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The war has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced 4 million, and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.