Yemen at critical crossroads, UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS: Yemen is now at a critical crossroads, the UN envoy for the Arab country told the Security Council, with one path leading to peace while the other can only worsen the security and humanitarian situation.

“This briefing comes on the eve of the next round of face-to-face talks in Kuwait, where I hope the parties will come to an agreement on a clear way to end the violence and devastation in Yemen,” Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, said.

“The cessation of hostilities began at midnight on 10 April and I hope it will provide a conducive environment for the upcoming talks, offer the opportunity for expanded humanitarian assistance and provide a rare ray of hope for Yemenis longing for a return to peace,” he added.

The talks will commence on 18 April and aim to reach a comprehensive agreement, to end the conflict and allow the resumption of inclusive political dialogue in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) and other relevant resolutions. APP