Ban Ki-moon Welcomes Humanitarian Ceasefire in Yemen

Ban Ki-moon Welcomes Humanitarian Ceasefire in Yemen
Fri Jul 10, 2015 14:18:16

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a decision by conflicting sides in Yemen to implement a humanitarian pause in the ongoing Saudi war on its impoverished Arab country, Al-Alam News Network reports.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that Ban has asked all Yemeni parties to take confidence-building steps towards a durable ceasefire.

Dujarric also noted that the UN chief had received assurances from Yemen's fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and Ansarullah fighters that the pause will be "fully respected and that there will be no violations" on either side.

"We have the expressions necessary from all parties to announce the start of this pause on Friday, July 10," Dujarric said, adding, “Full and unhindered access by humanitarian agencies to all parts of the country, including through sea and airports, should be ensured with a view to reaching people in need, including with essential medicines, vaccinations, food and water."

On Thursday, the United Nations announced an unconditional humanitarian pause in Yemen conflict. The truce will take effect at 23:59 local time (2059 GMT) on Friday and will run up to the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on July 17.

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