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UN Special Envoy to Yemen Calls on Parties of Conflict to Put End to Violence

© REUTERS / Khaled Abdullah Women loyal to the Houthi movement parade to show support to the movement in Sanaa, Yemen
Women loyal to the Houthi movement parade to show support to the movement in Sanaa, Yemen - Sputnik International
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed reiterated his call on parties of the Yemeni conflict to put and to violence in order to ease suffering of civil population.

Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed reiterated his call on parties of the Yemeni conflict to put and to violence in order to ease suffering of civil population.

“It is mandatory that the parties end the violence to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people and pave the way for a peacefully negotiated settlement,” Cheikh Ahmed said on Monday in a statement concluding his two-day visit to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

He said that the warring parties had to prepare an “elaborated plan on security, withdrawal and handover of medium and heavy weapons.”

“What we need at this stage is more than words, what we need is commitment and results. Delays in providing the plan will result in delays to achieving peace and allow for more deaths and further economic and humanitarian deterioration,” the UN envoy added.

Since 2014, Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war between the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Shia Houthi rebels backed by supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis.

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