The United Nations announces the extension of the truce in Yemen for an additional two months.

English - الأربعاء 03 أغسطس 2022 الساعة 08:22 م
Aden, NewsYemen:

On Tuesday, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, announced the renewal of the truce declared in the country for an additional two months, according to the same previous conditions.

"I am pleased to announce that both parties have agreed to extend the armistice on the same terms for an additional two months, from August 2 to October 2, 2022," Grundberg said in an official statement.

He said that the new extension "includes a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded armistice agreement as soon as possible."

"I will also intensify my efforts with the two parties to reach as soon as possible an expanded armistice agreement," he added.

Grundberg indicated that he "shared with the parties a proposal for an expanded armistice agreement and received substantial comments from both sides on this proposal."

He explained that "this expanded armistice proposal will allow for an agreement on a transparent and effective exchange mechanism to pay the salaries of civil servants and civilian retirees on a regular basis, open roads in Taiz and other governorates, operate more travel destinations to and from Sana'a airport, and save fuel and its regular flow."  through the ports of Hodeidah.

Grundberg noted that the expanded agreement would also provide the opportunity to negotiate a comprehensive ceasefire, humanitarian and economic issues, and prepare for the resumption of the Yemeni-led political process under the auspices of the United Nations to reach a sustainable and just peace.

The international envoy expressed his gratitude "to the leaders of the two parties for agreeing to this extension of the truce, and for their continued constructive engagement with efforts to implement the truce and seeking to expand it."

This is the second renewal of the humanitarian truce announced by the United Nations for two months in Yemen in early April, before it was extended on the second of last June for two additional months.