Accord to end fighting in Yemen is welcomed by UN chief

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Destruction in Dammaj, northern Yemen. Photo: IRIN/Mike Healy

The signing of an agreement to stop the conflict in Yemen has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

The announcement of the signing of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement in Yemen was made on Sunday following days of clashes between government and Houthi fighters.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he has been following recent developments in Yemen with grave concern.

Mr Ban said he considers the commitment by all the key parties to cease hostilities and work together for a new democratic Yemen a positive step towards political stability and peace in the Middle Eastern country.

Stephane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson in New York.

"The Secretary-General expects that the agreement will be implemented in full without delay. Specifically, he called on Yemeni political leaders to ensure that the forces over which they exercise control or influence cease all violent acts, and disengage from the conflict." (15")

Yemen is struggling to end a political crisis that was sparked in 2011 during what is commonly known as the “Arab Spring”.

A fragile ceasefire had been in place between the Government of Yemen, the Houthi Shiite and other armed groups before the latest fighting with rebel fighters advancing to the capital Sanaa.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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