Red Cross: we will help in the exchange of prisoners in Yemen

Red Cross: we will  help in the exchange of prisoners in Yemen

The international Red Cross says it will oversee the implementation of an agreement between Yemen’s warring sides to carry out a prisoner exchange, hailing it as “one of the first positive steps for Yemen” as peace talks got underway in Sweden.

Fabrizio Carboni, regional director for the Near and Middle East at the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross, said the group “has been asked to play its role as a neutral intermediary and provide technical support.”

“We are determined to help facilitate the transfers and reunite people separated from their families,” he said in a statement minutes after Thursday’s announcement of the prisoner exchange at the talks in Rimbo, north of the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Carboni said the ICRC hopes the agreement will build confidence toward a political solution in the war.

“The Yemeni people can’t wait any longer for their ordeal to end.”


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