Yemen: Fifth Consultation Meeting to support the political process


From 29 May to 1 June 2016, the Berghof Foundation organized the 5th consultation meeting of Yemeni Eminent Personalities in cooperation with the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General to Yemen and with kind support from the German Federal Foreign Office.

The meeting took place in Jordan; it focused on the political process after the conclusion of the Kuwait negotiations, the resumption of political dialogue and the roadmap for the political transition processes.

The meeting brought together 16 eminent Yemeni personalities with diverse political affiliations, from different social components and various geographical areas. In order to allow for a constructive and open-minded discussion, the participants were asked to engage in the discussions on a strictly personal basis- not as official representatives of parties, groups or regions.

The main objectives of the meeting were to inspire a discussion about the main elements, sequencing and options of the transition roadmap and structure of political dialogue. The meeting further sought to contribute to broadening understanding between the various Yemeni parties about the role, objectives and structure of political dialogue within the larger transition process. The meeting built on ideas that were developed during former consultation meetings as well as on recent political developments (e.g. relating to the Kuwait talks).

The meeting discussions were very constructive and a number of ideas and options were generated regarding the mechanisms and "architectures" that would support an inclusive and effective dialogue to complete the Yemeni transition process.

Further consultation meetings will take place over the next weeks to continue and deepen the discussion on the structure of political dialogue, its various tracks and the elements of the Yemeni transition process after the Kuwait negotiations.

This was the 5th consultation meeting in a series which seeks to enrich and complement the official negotiation efforts. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an informal space of discussion to explore and build common understanding of relevant issues among important Yemeni stakeholders while generating ideas and options to support the peace process. The outcomes of the meeting will be shared with the Yemeni parties for internal discussion.