Yemen welcomes two month UN-supervised truce

Yemen welcomes two month UN-supervised truce

The National Salvation Government in Sana’a welcomed on Friday the announcement of the UN Envoy to Yemen for a humanitarian truce in Yemen for a period of two months.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, head of the Sana’a negotiating delegation, said that “We welcome the announcement by the UN Envoy to Yemen of a humanitarian truce under the auspices of the United Nations for a period of two months, according to which military operations will stop.”

Abdulsalam also welcomed the opening of Sana’a International Airport for a number of flights, as well as the opening of Hodeidah port to receive a number of fuel ships during the two months of the armistice.

The text of the United Nations two-month truce is outlined below:

“In recognition of the urgency needed to reduce the escalation of violence and to address humanitarian and economic needs, the parties will implement a two-month truce beginning on 2 April 2022 and ending on 2 June 2022, which can be extended.

The objective of the truce is to provide an environment conducive to a peaceful settlement of the conflict. It is not intended to allow any party to return its groups or resume military operations.

The truce will include the following elements:

1. To cease all offensive ground, air, and sea military operations inside and outside Yemen, and to freeze existing military positions on the ground.

2. The entry into the ports of Hodeidah of 18 oil derivatives vessels during the two months of the truce.

3. There shall be two weekly commercial flights to and from Sana’a during the two months of truce to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Arab Republic of Egypt.

4. Once the truce enters into force, the Special Envoy will invite the parties to a meeting in order to agree to open roads in Taiz and other provinces to facilitate the movement of civilian men, women, and children, and their movements by taking advantage of the atmosphere that created the truce.

5. To engage the parties with the Special Envoy on proposals on the next steps towards ending the war.

These arrangements are temporary in nature and do not represent a precedent.

Modalities and time frame set:

– The truce will enter into force 24 hours after the Special Envoy’s declaration of the truce.

– Within 24 hours, the parties are responsible for informing the forces under them of the cessation of all offensive military operations and the freezing of military positions on the ground.

– The parties will appoint liaison officers authorised to work with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen on all aspects of the truce, including military aspects, to support compliance with and respect for the truce. Although there will be no independent oversight, the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Yemen will provide support for the coordination requested by the parties to assist in the implementation of the truce.

– The truce may be extended with the consent of the parties.