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UK welcomes further humanitarian pause in Yemen conflict

Minister for Middle East welcomes announcement of unconditional pause in Yemen conflict until end of Ramadan.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Minister Tobias Ellwood said:

I welcome the announcement by the UN Secretary General on 9 July of an unconditional humanitarian pause in Yemen, starting today at 2359 (local time), until the end of Ramadan. I recognise the commitment of President Hadi to a pause, and the assurances of the Houthis, the General People’s Congress and other parties that the pause will be fully respected. I underline to all parties the importance of fully complying with this pause, in order to allow humanitarian aid to reach the many Yemenis who are in desperate need of essential supplies, and of exercising restraint in the event of isolated violations.

The UK continues to fully support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy as he engages with all parties to achieve a lasting ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2216 (2015).’

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Published 10 July 2015