Reuters Denis Palibouse
On Sunday, the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, expressed his “disappointment” that no agreement was reached during the prisoner exchange talks between the parties to the conflict in Yemen.
Griffiths’s office said after the end of the fifth round of talks hosted by Jordan: “Although the two parties did not reach an agreement on releasing more detainees during this round of talks, they declared their commitment to continue discussing the determinants of a future extended process for the release of detainees.”
He added, “It was disappointing that this round of talks ended without reaching the equivalent historical outcome of the meeting that took place in Switzerland last September, which resulted in the release of 1056 detainees.”
Griffiths urged the two parties to “continue the talks, implement what they have agreed upon, and expand the arrangements for the release of more detainees in the near future.”
He stressed his “call for the release of all detainees, including the sick, the wounded, the elderly, children, and civilian detainees, including women and journalists, immediately and unconditionally.”