TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Yemen’s warring parties renewed talks on how to implement a year-old truce in the contested port city of Hudaydah.
The two days of meetings are taking place on a boat off the coast of the city, according to a statement by the United Nations mission tasked with supporting the agreement, AP reported.
Previous negotiations between delegations from Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and the country’s former Saudi-backed government have repeatedly collapsed.
The warring sides signed a UN-brokered agreement last December in Sweden that included a ceasefire for Hudaydah and an exchange of more than 15,000 prisoners. But the deal was never fully implemented.
This week’s talks are centered on how both sides will redeploy forces from strategic areas in Hudaydah, which has seen some of the war’s worst fighting.
The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, was also in the capital of Sana’a for meetings with Houthi officials on Monday.
Last week, several international aid groups warned that Hudaydah remains the most dangerous place in the war-torn, impoverished Arab country. Since December of last year, the groups said in a statement that the port city and surrounding province has seen 799 civilians killed and wounded, the highest toll nationwide.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The aggression is estimated to have left 56,000 Yemenis dead.