UN envoy says Yemen talks to reopen roads a ‘collective victory’

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UN Security Council welcomes extension of truce in Yemen, urges Houthis to reopen Taiz road

NEW YORK: The UN Security Council on Friday welcomed the extension of the truce between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, which had been agreed the day before.

However, the council members expressed concern about the serious humanitarian effects of the ongoing road closures around Taiz and called on the Iran-backed militia “to act flexibly in the negotiations and immediately open the main roads”. .

Taiz governorate has been under siege since the start of the war, when the Houthis closed major roads and surrounded the city center, largely cutting it off from the rest of the country.

Council members reiterated their appreciation for the steps taken by all parties to enforce the truce, which began on April 2 and has now been extended for another two months. This has resulted in “real and tangible benefits” for the Yemeni people, they said, including a significant reduction in the number of civilian casualties and improved flow of humanitarian aid.

In a joint statement, they praised the Yemeni government’s flexibility in allowing vessels carrying fuel to enter the port of Hodeidah and allowing international flights to resume between Sanaa, Amman and Cairo. They also commended regional partners for their support.

The council expressed hope that the truce will lead to “a lasting ceasefire and an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement, under the auspices of the UN”. Members re-emphasized the importance of at least 30% participation of women in decision-making processes in Yemen, in line with the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference, as set out in Council Resolution 2624 security, which was adopted this year.

They encouraged all parties in Yemen to continue to engage with the UN special envoy for the country and to “negotiate and communicate with each other in the spirit of mutual respect and reconciliation”.

The risk of famine is also a major concern, Council members said as they urged international donors to fully fund the UN’s humanitarian response to the crisis.

They also stressed the need for “an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement to address humanitarian and economic crises and to protect civilians”.

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