A group of Yemeni tribal leaders and activists met in Toledo, Spain, on September 10-11 to discuss ways to organize tribes’ peacebuilding efforts in Yemen, as the country enters its seventh year of war.
The Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union in Yemen, Marion Lalisse, opened the first session via video conference, and newly-appointed UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg urged participants to work to address the crisis in Yemen. Edward Jackson, Security Sector Reform & Peace Mediation Officer, discussed the UN-led peace process and efforts to achieve a nationwide ceasefire.
The participants discussed the results of the group’s first meeting, held in Istanbul in January, and talked about the engagement of tribes in fighting, as well as the historic role of tribal leaders in mediating local ceasefires and negotiating prisoner exchanges.
Tribal leaders emphasized the importance of finding common ground and mobilizing for peace and stability in Yemen, and discussed the possibility of staging a broader tribal conference in the future.
The workshop was organized and facilitated by the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), an independent Finnish conflict resolution organization, in close collaboration with the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies.