New York

19 April 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Yemen

The Secretary-General urges all parties to the peace process in Yemen to engage in good faith with his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, so that talks can start without further delay.

The Secretary-General recalls the commitment of all parties to a cessation of hostilities, which took effect on 10 April, and to the convening of inter-Yemeni talks in Kuwait on 18 April. He notes that the Yemeni Government delegation has arrived in Kuwait and looks forward to the participation of the Ansar Allah and representatives of the General People’s Congress (GPC) in the talks.

The Secretary-General is convinced that seizing this opportunity to move the process forward will help resolve outstanding issues and bring the end of this prolonged conflict closer. The Yemeni people and the region deserve no less.