UN warns of “devastating” humanitarian impact of Yemeni conflict

The UN Security Council today reiterated the need to reach a political solution to the armed conflict in Yemen and expressed its concern about the “devastating consequences” of the civilian population.

This is contained in a statement by the Security Council presidency adopted during a session of that United Nations body that lasted for about fifteen minutes and served only to have the declaration adopted read.

The three-page document expresses “grave concern about the devastating humanitarian consequences of the conflict over civilians and emphasizes that the humanitarian situation will deteriorate unless a political solution is reached.”

He mentions regional and international initiatives being taken to push for a political exit, including those of the UN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and says they are the basis “for inclusive negotiations.”

It also highlights the “unremitting efforts” of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Uld Sheikh Ahmed, for the parties to negotiate a “final and comprehensive agreement” to end the armed conflict in that country.

The UN, in its appeal, reiterates “all parties to participate in peace talks in a flexible and constructive manner, without preconditions and in good faith.”

The statement also warned of the presence in the country of the Al Qaeda branch in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State (EI), as well as the risks of its “extremist and violent ideology”.

Yemen is the scene of a conflict between the Hutu rebels and their allies and forces loyal to President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, internationally recognized but with little authority in the country.

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