UN chief welcomes agreement between parties to Yemen conflict to release prisoners

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-28 11:40:29|Editor: huaxia

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday welcomed the agreement between the parties to the Yemen conflict to release immediately 1,081 individuals detained in connection with the conflict.

"The secretary-general urges the parties to build on this momentum and finalize arrangements for the release of all remaining detainees," according to a statement issued by the UN chief's spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

"He is grateful to the International Committee of the Red Cross for its tireless efforts as co-chair of the Supervisory Committee to ensure the implementation of the prisoner release agreement brokered in Sweden in 2018, as well as to the Government of Switzerland for hosting the parties over the past week," said the statement.

"The secretary-general calls on the parties to engage with his special envoy to agree on a joint declaration encompassing a nationwide ceasefire, economic and humanitarian measures and the resumption of a comprehensive, inclusive political process to end the war," it added.

Delegates representing the government of Yemen and Ansar Allah (Houthi group) announced on Sunday that they have agreed to immediately release the first group of 1,081 conflict-related detainees and prisoners, the largest prisoner release in the country's history.

The information office of the UN at Geneva said Sunday that this announcement came at the conclusion of the week-long fourth meeting of the Supervisory Committee on the Implementation of the Prisoners' Exchange Agreement. Enditem