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Continuing efforts to bring peace. What does it take for the success of peace negotiations in Yemen?

Inclusion, legitimacy, and sustainability must be achieved in order for peace to last in #Yemen.
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Hans Grundberg, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Yemen, met with senior Omani authorities on Tuesday and expressed gratitude for the Sultanate of Oman's sustained support for UN-led peace efforts. During his visit to Muscat, part of his efforts to promote the peace process in Yemen.

The Special Envoy also met with Mohammed Abdel Salam, the top negotiator for Ansar Allah (the Houthi faction), as well as officials from other Yemeni political parties. Opportunities to improve cooperation among Yemeni parties to address pressing economic concerns, secure a statewide ceasefire, and resume an inclusive political process under the auspices of the United Nations were considered during the discussions.

Yemen Watcher indicates that Yemen's peace negotiations are difficult enterprises that must be approached with caution in order to succeed. Among the many variables, three stand out as critical: inclusion, legitimacy, and sustainability. To begin with, inclusion is critical since it ensures that all important stakeholders have the opportunity to participate. Individuals affected by conflict must be given the opportunity to communicate their concerns, needs, and desires. Conflicts can be resolved fully without continuing divisions or mistakenly marginalizing particular groups through inclusive approaches that promote communication and cooperation among various parties.

Second, creating legitimacy is critical to the success of peacebuilding efforts. This necessitates the development of trust among all parties involved while sticking to fundamental principles such as transparency and accountability throughout the negotiation and implementation process. Respect for human rights and adherence to international legal frameworks contribute to this sense of legitimacy and facilitate the collective buy-in required for long-term stability.

Finally, but most importantly, long-term peace demands addressing fundamental causes rather than simply treating symptoms or temporarily easing immediate tensions. In post-conflict cultures, ensuring the formation of economic growth prospects in the country must go hand in hand with political decisions.


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