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UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed meets with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Aden

16 January 2017 – The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived to Aden today for meetings with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr and Foreign Minister Abdel Malik Mekhlafi. The Special Envoy’s visit to Aden comes after a week of meetings with senior officials from the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar in Riyadh, Muscat and Doha.

The Special Envoy’s meetings in Aden focused on the need to renew the Cessation of Hostilities and the urgent measures to address the country’s dire humanitarian situation. The Special Envoy emphasized the importance of a Cessation of Hostilities in order to allow an expansion of humanitarian assistance and in order to create a conducive environment for the peace process. "We are encouraging the parties to commit to restoring the 10 April Cessation of Hostilities and take immediate measures which will prevent further deterioration of the economic and humanitarian situation," he said.

"I discussed with President Hadi the key elements of a comprehensive agreement, based on the Kuwait consultations, which will help bring an end to the war and Yemen’s return to a peaceful and orderly transition. "The current political stalemate is causing death and destruction every day. The only way to stop this is through the renewal of the Cessation of Hostilities followed by consultations to develop a comprehensive agreement. Yemen’s political elites have a responsibility to shield people from further harm, protect their country’s future and commit to a peaceful settlement," he added.

"A peace agreement, including a well articulated security plan and the formation of an inclusive government is the only way to end the war that has fueled the development of terrorism in Yemen and the region. I asked the President to act swiftly and engage constructively with the UN’s proposal for the sake of the country’s future."

The Special Envoy will travel to Sana'a in the coming days to share the same message with the Representatives of Ansar Allah and General People's Congress.