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Yemeni prisoners committee says Amman swap talks failed

After weeks of negotiating in Amman, the head of Yemen’s National Committee for Prisoners Affairs says the talks have ended without making any progress due to the inflexible approach of the delegation of former government, backed by Saudi Arabia. The committee says it has made several proposals to overcome the differences, all in vain.

A member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Al-Houthi, described the Saudi-backed delegation’s refusal of swap deals as a crime. He said the failure of talks is a message from Saudi Arabia and its allies that they are not serious about any solution that may end the suffering of the Yemenis. He said their calls for peace are not in line with any real action.

More than 15,000 Yemenis were captured in battlefronts by both warring sides since the beginning of the war in March 2015. Of these prisoners, only more than one-thousand were released in 2020 under a UN-brokered deal, while hundreds of others have been freed through local negotiations.

The release of thousands of Yemenis from Saudi prisons needs more efforts by the United Nations to pressure the representatives of the former government and the Saudi-led coalition to stop hampering the swaps.

 

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