News in Brief 14 May 2015 (PM)

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A demonstration in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. Photo: IRIN/Adel Yahya (file)

No military solution in Yemen, says UN chief

There is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen, the UN Secretary-General has told Khaled Mahfoudh Abdullah Bahah, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the country.

During a phone call on Thursday, Ban Ki-moon also told the Vice-President that he would soon convene a meeting of Yemeni parties in a third country.

Meanwhile, UN humanitarian agencies and partners on the ground in Yemen used the first 24 hours of the so-called "humanitarian pause" to deliver aid to conflict-affected communuities.

Special Envoy for Syria meets with Russian and British officials

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, met with senior officials from the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom in Geneva on Thursday to discuss how to help Syrians move towards a political process.

He also received the envoy of the Syrian National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, who delivered a letter from the Coalition explaining his organization’s position on the way to resolve the conflict.

Mr de Mistura has encouraged continued contribution by the Coalition to the ongoing consultations.

More than 300 children released from armed groups in CAR

More than 300 children, including several under 12 years old, have been released from armed groups in the Central African Republic following an agreement facilitated by the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

Three separate ceremonies were held near the town of Bambari during which the children were released by anti-Balaka militias and the ex-Seleka armed group.

UNICEF and partners will be supporting their reintegration into their communities.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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