Yemen consultations "first step" to end human suffering

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In early April 2015, an air strike hit a military site on Faj Attan Mountain, high above Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF File Photo/ Mohammed Hamoud

Consultations on the situation in Yemen will be difficult but it is important that parties start addressing the crisis in all its dimensions, according to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is the facilitator of the talks in Geneva, which he described as an "important start towards the return to a political process" in the country.

The UN estimates that more than 2,600 people have died since the conflict escalated in mid-March.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN Envoy for Yemen said the consultations are a first step to generate proposals for the Yemeni sides on how to improve the current situation and bring the human suffering to an end.

Mr Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the significance of having both delegations to these consultations in Geneva should not be underestimated.

Here's UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq.

"Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that, after meetings with both parties, he clearly communicated to both delegations that the number of participants should be limited to an overall number of 10 persons per delegation.  He added that discussions will hopefully foster mechanisms that create confidence, increase the chances of implementation of the different Security Council Resolutions and ensure that compromises on one side will not be abused by the other."

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday was in Geneva and met with the Yemeni delegation that came from Riyadh representing the government.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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