Appeal to warring parties in Yemen ahead of consultations

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Smoke fills the sky above the Yemeni capital Sana'a after a series of airstrikes
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Warring parties in Yemen have been urged to put their differences aside ahead of consultations at the United Nations in Geneva on Monday on the future of the country.

Yemen has suffered turmoil and instability after Houthi rebels seized the capital Sana'a last September and then advanced on the port city, Aden.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The consultations aim to bring together a broad range of actors including the Yemeni government and other stakeholders in an effort to stem the ongoing violence afflicting the country.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon is also due to take part.

More than 2,500 people have been killed in fighting in recent months according to the UN.

Some 20 million people in Yemen, close to 80 per cent of the population, urgently need humanitarian assistance.

Ahmad Fawzi is the UN Spokesperson in Geneva.

"The Secretary-General's huge concern is the humanitarian calamity that has befallen Yemen. And that is why we are appealing to the parties to come to the table without preconditions, in good faith, mutual respect so we can end this tragedy."

The talks were postponed in May after the Yemeni government reportedly called for rebels to first withdraw from territory they had seized.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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