KUWAIT, 12th May, 2016 (WAM) — The Yemeni delegations to the peace talks in Kuwait have discussed specific issues in three parallel committees, the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said on Wednesday night.

The agenda of the political committee includes the aspects of the resumption of operation of the state institutions, the political process, and the need to provide an enabling political environment.

The security committee discussed the vision of each party for the withdrawal of gunmen and the laying down of weapons.

The committee on prisoners reviewed the proposal to release 50 percent of all detainees held by the hostile parties before the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, according to a statement of the UN envoy.

The delegations reaffirmed commitment to the three reference points of the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, the outcomes of the National Dialogue and the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2216.

Commenting on today’s talks, Cheikh Ahmed said, “I’m pleased by the seriousness demonstrated by all parties. We are hopeful that the consultations will lead to peace.”

According to the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, the UN envoy urged the media to avoid disseminating rumours that could disrupt the peace process. “I call upon everyone to support Yemen during this critical phase,” he stressed.

Earlier on Wednesday, the UN envoy met with the members of the De-escalation and Coordination Committee, DCC, who briefed him on the challenges facing their mission. He also met with the GCC Envoy for Yemen, Saleh Al-Qunaieer.

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