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Yemen Ceasefire Set for April 10, Peace Talks to Follow

© AFP 2023 / ABDEL RAHMAN ABDALLAHYemenis shop at a market in the old city of the capital Sanaa (File)
Yemenis shop at a market in the old city of the capital Sanaa (File) - Sputnik International
United Nations Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that warring parties in Yemen’s civil war should use the talks of April 10 to provide a mechanism for a return to a peaceful and orderly transition.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Warring parties in Yemen’s civil war have agreed to a pause in fighting next month and to begin negotiations in an attempt to end two years of fighting, United Nations Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement on Friday.

"Yemeni delegations should seize this opportunity to provide a mechanism for a return to a peaceful and orderly transition," Ahmed stated.

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Eight days after the April 10 ceasefire, peace talks are to begin in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, Ahmed explained.

Since 2014, Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels. The rebels are supported by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A Saudi-led coalition of mostly Gulf Arab states has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions since March 2015 at Hadi's request.

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