Britain welcomes agreement on ceasefire in Yemen

LONDON, March 24 (KUNA) — The British government welcomed on Thursday the announcement made by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of a ceasefire in the country to start on April 10.
All parties to the conflict have agreed to the measure which will start on 10 April, with peace talks, facilitated by the UN, due to begin a week later in Kuwait.
“I welcome the efforts made in recent weeks by the Saudi-led Coalition and the Houthis which have led to a decline in violence, and the Coalition announcement that major combat operations in Yemen are coming to an end,” Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.
“Britain fully supports the UN announcement of a ceasefire from 10 April, followed by peace talks. A political solution remains the only way to permanently end the conflict, address humanitarian suffering and allow the legitimate government of Yemen to return,” he added.
He noted that all parties must continue on this path towards a political settlement, respect the commitments they have made, and come to the UN talks with a genuine determination to improve the lives of all Yemenis.
The UN envoy announced on Wednesday that parties to the conflict have agreed to a nation-wide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight of April 10 to pave the way for new round of peace talks to be hosted by Kuwait on April 18th.
The UN official said that Security Council resolution 2216 will be one of the main pillars of the peace talks, as it will be focusing on the withdrawal of armed groups, and giving up weapons. (end)