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Parties to Yemeni conflict agree agenda for Kuwait City talks — UN envoy

April 26, 21:48 UTC+3 KUWAIT CITY
The United Nations envoy also noted that the security situation in the country is improving, although the ceasefire regime is occasionally violated
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Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

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KUWAIT CITY, April 26. /TASS/. The United Nations-brokered talks between the parties to the Yemeni conflict continue in a positive atmosphere, with agreement reached on the agenda, United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Tuesday.

He said that today’s round was held positively. In his words, it was clear that the parties are committed to reach political settlement having embarked on a direct dialogue on an agreed agenda.

The United Nations envoy also noted that the security situation in the country is improving, although the ceasefire regime is occasionally violated.

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.

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