UN chief urges immediate end to all hostilities in Yemen


UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday called on all sides in Yemen to immediately cease all hostilities after situation deteriorated in the country.

Ban deplored the heavy fighting between Houthi armed groups and Yemeni presidential guards throughout Sanaa, said a statement issued here by his spokesperson.

“The Secretary-General calls on all sides to immediately cease all hostilities, exercise maximum restraint, and take the necessary steps to restore full authority to the legitimate government institutions,” the statement said.

The Shiite Houthi group seized the presidential palace on Tuesday, a day after it signed a ceasefire deal with the Yemeni government that ended deadly clashes.

Monday’s clashes were triggered by the kidnapping of the director of the president office, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, by the Houthis, in a wrangle over the country’s draft constitution.

In the statement, Ban condemned the kidnapping and called for the immediate release of bin Mubarak.

“All sides must abide by their stated commitments to resolve differences through peaceful means,” the statement said, adding that Ban also reminded all sides of their obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is holding consultations on Yemen with Special Adviser of the Secretary-General Jamal Benomar briefing from Doha via video tele-conference on the latest situation. PNA


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  1. I was serving in The British army .Royal Army Medical Corp..I was posted to Aden n the Yemen Aden was then a protectorate of Britain (1959 ish}

    The trouble was still there and still with us now..

    This land was so dry and poor.

    .Yet it was all those people had..They dd not want us there –By and large we did not want to be there..

    The whole reason we were there was a strategic one…Aden was on the mouth of the Red sea –So Our forces could control that part Yemen –

    -The only oil was that which was piped over land ..Any ships that wished to refuel; had to do so from the Port of Aden –Again control was mainly why we were there…
    so far as i can see —

    Our being there did –and still has not done anything to diminish the hostile feelings …That was in 1959 and now in 20015–where i we now??

    yours faithfully
    David M Meyer Md.D.P.M.Phd