Controversies over Duration, International Efforts to Extend Armistice

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The United Nations bodes well the extension of the armistice in Yemen, despite the contradictory statements of the Yemeni parties that suggest the opposite.

The spokesperson of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Farhan Haq, indicated that the United Nations had obtained approval to extend the armistice, which expires next Tuesday, pointing out that it is studying the possibility of linking Sana’a airport to new destinations besides Cairo and Amman, in reference to their implementation to a condition for Sana’a.

Haq’s statements came following a meeting that brought together the military advisor to the UN envoy, Anthony Hayward, with members of the military committee in Sana’a.

According to media reports, the meeting discussed the formation of a joint operations room to reduce the military escalation.

In a related context, Emirati media quoted UN sources as saying that differences over the duration of the new truce are still raging, noting that the United Nations is trying to extend it for six months instead of two, but it has not made any progress on this path.

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