UN Security Council Urges Sustainable, Meaningful Ceasefire In Yemen


Althawra Net
The UN Security Council has called on warring sides in Yemen to begin a “sustainable” ceasefire after Saudi Arabia ended a UN-brokered truce.
“The members of the council urged the parties to resume a meaningful, sustainable ceasefire that would be respected by all sides,” said Uruguay’s Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, who is the council president for January, on Tuesday, adding, “For the members of the council this is of fundamental importance.”
Rosselli also urged the conflicting sides to “be responsible and enter into dialogue” without preconditions and “prevent the situation from impacting elsewhere.”
The remarks came as UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is expected to hold meetings in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to press for resumption of talks.
On January 2, the Saudi regime officially ended the ceasefire that began on December 15. The announcement was a major setback to attempts for peace.
Meanwhile, Cheikh Ahmed has called for a fresh round of talks on January 14, but the parties have not yet confirmed their attendance.
During the Tuesday session, the UN Security Council also urged the parties to take part in the new negotiations.
According to the office of the UN commissioner for human rights, at least 81 people were killed in December 2015, most of them in Saudi airstrikes.