By Fatima Abo Alasrar
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom and U.N. envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths attend the opening press conference on U.N.-sponsored peace talks for Yemen at Johannesberg castle, Stockholm, Sweden December 6, 2018. Stina Stjernkvist /TT News Agency/via REUTERS 

The UN-backed discussions in Stockholm between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels ended on Dec. 13 in a series of agreements that, if successfully implemented, will help alleviate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis and may ultimately pave the way for a negotiated peace.

Why it matters: The two sides have been fighting since September 2014 in a conflict that has entangled regional powers, along with the U.S., and created a humanitarian catastrophe. The results of the Stockholm meeting could herald the war’s first real breakthrough, but both sides will need to quickly make good on their commitments, or the positive momentum could stall.

Where it stands: Expectations for the talks were low, but they yielded several key agreements — on building confidence, reducing violence, and preparing for peace negotiations — and a commitment to take up outstanding issues in 2019.

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