A proposal was drawn up to gradually reopen the roads, which included an implementation mechanism and guarantees for the safety of civilian travelers, based on the discussions that lasted for three days and the options put forward by the two parties.
“It is promising that the two sides will meet face to face to discuss the issue of opening roads for the first time in years,” Grundberg said.
He added, “The importance of lifting restrictions on the freedom of movement of people and goods is not limited to the positive impact of alleviating the suffering of Yemenis and reviving their economy, but will also help in enhancing confidence in the political process.”
Civil society actors and local mediators, mostly from Taiz, also participated in the discussions, presenting practical options for opening roads based on their own perspective and experience.
“The role of civil society in these discussions has proven indispensable, as the participants provided a compass to guide all stakeholders, including the United Nations, in identifying and prioritizing the interests and lived experiences of Yemeni women, men and children,” Grundberg said.
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