UN calls for ceasefire, resumption of peace talks in Yemen

Published February 21st, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
Children walk through the rubble after an airstrike in Yemen. (AFP/File)
Children walk through the rubble after an airstrike in Yemen. (AFP/File)

The United Nations Security Council have urged all parties to the conflict in Yemen to take urgent steps towards resuming a ceasefire.

In a statement issued on Friday night, the Security Council called on all Yemeni parties to engage in political talks without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations.

The Council underlined its strong support for the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in facilitating these talks.

The Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including to take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects.

In its statement, the Council expressed its deep concern about the increasing presence of Al-Qaeda and Daesh organizations in the Arabian Peninsula.

Urging all parties to fulfill their commitments to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, including measures to further ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access, the Council further underlined the importance of the delivery of commercial goods and fuel for civilian purposes to all parts of Yemen.

The statement stressed the Security Council’s strong commitment to maintain the unity and sovereignty of Yemen territories.

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