Press release from the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

29 March 2017

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed briefed the Security Council members today on the situation in Yemen and the efforts to
continue negotiations on the peace process at a closed-door meeting.

The Special Envoy expressed his deep concern about the rapidly deteriorating
humanitarian and economic situation amidst a worrying escalation of military
operations. “The only real way to prevent a worsening of the situation is
to reach a peaceful resolution to this tragic conflict which has been going on
for too long. It is my firm belief that further military escalation and
humanitarian suffering will not bring the parties closer together.”

The Special Envoy had presented to the parties a framework that included a set
of sequenced political and security measures which were designed to ensure a
rapid end to the war, withdrawals of military formations and disarmament in key
areas, and the creation of an inclusive transitional government. He urged the
Security Council members to put pressure on the parties to engage
constructively in discussing the framework. He said “the Government of
Yemen should agree to engage in talks based on the framework, and Ansar Allah
and the General People’s Congress must end their long-standing refusal to
undertake serious discussions on security arrangements.”

The Special Envoy presented a bleak picture of the current situation. He warned
that the impact of the conflict on the economy and food security will be felt
long into the future and jeopardize attempts to restore stability.

The Special Envoy reiterated his call to the International Community to speak
with a unified, consistent and bold voice to the parties, now more than ever.
He concluded by urging the Council to “use all of its diplomatic weight to push
for the relevant parties to make the concessions required to reach a final
agreement before more lives are lost. We must give peace another chance.”