Statement by the spokesperson on the latest developments in Yemen

Bruxelles, 21/11/2016

Statements by the Spokesperson

Statement by the spokesperson on the latest developments in Yemen

The 48 hour ceasefire brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry in Yemen, although fragile due to widespread violations by all sides, was an initial step in the right direction.

It is crucial that all the parties urgently agree on its unconditional extension which would include the commitment to unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all parts of Yemen and pave the way to a the resumption of talks on the basis of the Road Map presented by the UN Special Envoy to the parties. We have seen in the past that the breakdown of ceasefires leads only to further killing and suffering for the civilian population, to the advantage of no-one. The EU therefore urges all the warring parties to make the necessary compromises and commitments in the interest of alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people.

The EU pledges its full support to the ongoing efforts to resume the UN-led peace negotiations and remains ready to contribute to a negotiated settlement, starting with providing assistance to capacity building for the De-escalation and Coordination Committee and the local De-escalation Committees. Resuming these activities, as agreed by the parties would be an important confidence building measure, key for a long term Cessation of the Hostilities.