New York

21 October 2016

Note to Correspondents: Statement by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed welcomes the start of the cessation of hostilities that began at midnight,19 October, urging all parties to work to ensure that the terms are fully respected.

The Special Envoy notes that the Cessation of Hostilities is fragile but largely holding and underscores the improvement of the general security situation in Sana'a and several areas in Yemen despite the reported cases of violations in other areas like Taiz and the borders with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He urges the sides to show restraint, avoid further escalation, and strictly adhere to the 72-hour ceasefire.  

The Special Envoy is liaising with the parties to agree on an extension for the duration of the Cessation of Hostilities to create a conducive environment for a long lasting peace in the country. He reminds all parties that the terms and conditions for the cessation of hostilities include commitments for the unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all parts of Yemen.