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UNITED NATIONS, April 25. /TASS/. United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed noes progress in terms of observance of the regime of cessation of hostilities in Yemen and general improvement in the security sphere, Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General, said on Monday.
He said the positive developments have made it possible for the United Nations envoy to begin discussion of the general frames of the talks with the Yemeni delegations. Dujarric said the consultations will take several days.
The ceasefire regime in Yemen has entered into force on April 11. However, despite the ceasefire, fighting continues in a number of Yemen’s regions, in particular, in Yemen’s third biggest city of Taiz, which, according to the United Nations envoy, poses a threat to the negotiating process.
Confrontation between the country’s authorities supported by Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels has continued in Yemen since August 2014. In January 2015, allies of Ansar Allah (Partisans of God), which is also known as the Houthi movement, seized the capital, Sanaa. President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled the capital first to Aden, and after the Houthis entered that city on March 25, he fled the country.
A coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and also including Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, responded to his request and has continued air strikes on Houthi targets from March 26, 2015. Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan also joined the coalition.
According to the United Nations statistics, more than 6,400 people have been killed and more than 30,500 have been wounded in the Yemeni conflict. About 2.8 million Yemenis were forced to flee their homes and more than 14 million people are in urgent need of medical assistance.