UN calls failure of ceasefire in Yemen disappointing
The spokesman of Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres has expressed disappointment about a lack of agreement between the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement to extend the truce in the war-torn Arab country.
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“It is disappointing to see that the two sides did not agree on new proposals to extend the ceasefire,” Stephane Dujarric said in a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday. “However, negotiations are still ongoing and UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, continues to explore options that are acceptable to both sides.”
Dujarric called on both sides to maintain calm, refrain from any provocation or actions that may lead to escalation of violence, interact with each other and focus on completing the negotiations.
“Despite the UN's disappointment with the current situation, we believe that this is not the end of the road and there is still time for the two sides to agree on the continuation of the ceasefire,” the UN spokesman underlined.
Earlier, Mohammed Abdel Salam, the head of the Yemeni negotiating team, said that the Yemeni negotiating team emphasizes the rights of the Yemeni nation and holds the aggressor countries responsible for the failure of the ceasefire.