Ban Ki-moon calls for peace in Yemen

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warns all parties in Yemen to sit at negotiation table

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Yemen's exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels’ decision to sit for negotiations as scheduled on June 14, was welcomed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"[Ban] reiterates his urgent call on all Yemeni parties to engage in these consultations in good faith and without pre-conditions in the interest of all Yemeni people,” according to a UN statement on Saturday.

After the weeks-long clashes Iran-backed Houthis and government supporting forces aided by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, the negotiation talks will play a significant role for the future of Yemenis. 

The talks were scheduled to be held on May 28 but postponed after Hadi rejected to attend, stipulating the terms that the Houthis withdraw from all government institutions. 

Ban also urged a renewed truce to allow humanitarian aid for more than 20 million Yemenis.

"Such assistance is of paramount and pressing importance because the suffering of the Yemeni population, as a result of the continued conflict, is increasing dramatically", he said.

The Lebanese based Houthi supporting Al-Mayadeen TV quoted Yemeni political leaders who were speaking on condition of anonymity saying that Houthi militias and their supporting groups fired several Scud missiles against Saudi military sites in order to convey the message to the Saudi regime that it's time to halt the ongoing air-strikes.

Houthi sympathizing political groups have warned Saudi Arabia that if Riyadh continues its air-strikes against Yemen, Sanaa will use its missile capability against the aggressors.

According to UN estimates more than 2,200 people have been killed and more than a million internally displaced in Yemen since March 19.

TRTWorld and agencies