Yemen parties urged to dialogue and reject violence

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A family displaced by conflict in northern Yemen eats lunch in Al Mazraq, Hajjah. Photo: OCHA

All parties in Yemen, including the separatist Houthi rebels, have been urged by the UN Security Council to resolve their differences through dialogue and reject violence.

In a statement, the 15-member body also asked them to refrain from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition.

Despite the formation of a new Government in November 2014, the Middle Eastern country remains unstable.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Secessionist Houthi militias in Yemen staged a takeover of the capital Sa'ana in recent weeks, forcing  President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour and members of his cabinet into house arrest.

According to media reports, the embattled president has escaped to the city of Aden.

The members of the Security Council welcomed that the country's "legitimate President" was no longer confined and called for the release of his Prime Minister and other individuals arbitrarily detained.

President Hadi has expressed his intention to engage in good faith in the UN-brokered negotiations.

The worrying parties were also asked to speed up these talks in a location to be determined by the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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