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Security Council: There is no progress in the peace talks in Yemen

#Security_Council: Oman-facilitated talks between the #Houthi group and #Saudi_Arabia have not resulted in any breakthroughs since a high-level Saudi delegation visited the capital, #Sanaa, in April.

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A Saudi-Omani delegation with the Houthis

On Monday (10 July), the Security Council will hold its monthly Yemen briefing with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg.

Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, is expected to brief, while David Gresley, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, is expected to report on the Safer oil tanker rescue.

Following the open session, Council members will attend confidential meetings, during which Major General Michael Beary, the Head of the United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement, will present a briefing.

Prior to the briefing, the council is likely to vote on a draft resolution that would extend the mandate of the UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement for another year, until July 14, 2024.

According to the Security Council statement, the Oman-mediated discussions between the Houthi group and Saudi Arabia have not resulted in any breakthroughs since an April visit by a high-level Saudi delegation to the Houthi-controlled capital, Sana'a.

Despite the most extended period of peace in Yemen since the now-expired April 2022 armistice, Grundberg may underline the fragility of the security situation, emphasizing the importance of a cease-fire deal and a larger Yemeni political process.

The Security Council had previously urged Yemenis to engage in "good faith" dialogue as part of the framework of the peace talks in Yemen.

According to media sources, six soldiers were killed in fighting in the southern region of Al-Dhalea in late June. According to a statement issued by the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hudaydah Agreement, mortar shells injured five children on July 5 in the government-held Hays district of the Hudaydah governorate. The situation also remains tense among the various anti-Houthi forces.

The surge in violence is expected to stymie Yemeni peace talks. It is worth noting that the Security Council already condemned the Houthi uprising.

Political and tribal representatives from Hadramout Governorate, on the other hand, announced the formation of the Hadramout National Council at the completion of a month-long meeting hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to the Security Council announcement, the Council was formed in reaction to the growing strength of the Southern Transitional Council.

It is worth noting that the Southern Transitional Council aspires to restore the situation of the South prior to 1990.

According to a recent declaration by the Transitional Council's President, Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi, the international community must accept a reality in which the Southern Transitional Council governs southern Yemen. On the other hand, numerous entities from the south fear the Transitional Council's domination and hence strive to elevate their voice and demands in order to be a weighty match and play a role in any future solution to the conflict.

Yemen has been embroiled in an armed conflict since the Houthis gained control of Sana'a in 2014, and the conflict has resulted in the world's worst humanitarian disaster. Food insecurity in the country is anticipated to rise.


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