Cease-fire does not mean peace: John Kerry

John Kerry urges all parties to negotiations as five-day ceasefire comes into force in Yemen in three days

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United States Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday a five-day ceasefire in Yemen for humanitarian aids would come into force, starting from Tuesday, but warned it may not mean peace.

Kerry made his remarks during a joint press conference with the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir on Friday evening after he met the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers to discuss Yemen and Iran.

"We have made a decision that the ceasefire will begin this Tuesday, May 12, at 11.00pm Yemeni local time and will last for five days, subject to renewal if it works out," said the Saudi foreign minister.

Saudi Arabia earlier had launched a military operation on March 26, including air strikes, in Yemen against the Iranian-backed Houthis with a coalition comprised of 10 countries to intervene in the escalating sectarian crisis which has gripped the country.

The forces later announced that they have launched the operation in response to a call from President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

“A cease-fire does not mean peace,” said Kerry, urging all parties in Yemen to return to the negotiating table to reach a political solution in order to end the conflict which has claimed at least 646 civilian lives, according to the United Nations data.

Kerry also warned Iran who is blamed by the US and some Gulf countries to support the Houthis forces.

"We strongly urge the Houthis and those who back them – whom we suggest use all their influence – not to miss this major opportunity to address the needs of the Yemeni people and find a peaceful way forward in Yemen," said the State Secretary.


TRTWorld and agencies