Sana'a, Yemen

13 May 2015

Note to correspondents: Statement by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen on humanitarian truce

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations welcomes the humanitarian truce in force in Yemen since last night and pays tribute to the commitment of all the parties. However he notes with concern that there have been some sporadic skirmishes in some areas.

Recalling the importance of this truce the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General calls on the media to play a positive role to help deescalate tensions and calls on all parties to resist reacting to provocations aimed at undermining the truce which could lead to a resumption of violence. Further violence could hinder the provision of humanitarian aid and relief of the Yemeni people and undermine prospects for a permanent cease-fire and a return to the political process.