Yemen talks to go ahead on 14 June

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Around 20 million people need humanitarian assistance in Yemen
Photo: UNICEF/Mohamed Yasin

Talks on the future of Yemen are set to start in Geneva on 14 June, the United Nations has announced.

The move was welcomed by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon who called on all participants to engage in consultations “in good faith.”

Daniel Dickinson reports

The talks were originally planned for 28 May but were postponed after the Yemeni government reportedly called for rebels  to first withdraw from territory they had seized.

The 14 June consultations are expected to bring all warring parties to the negotiating table in an effort to stem the ongoing violence affecting 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.

Over 20 million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance in the Gulf country, according to the UN.

Welcoming the new date for consultations, Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon urged participants to go to the talks “in good faith and without pre-conditions.”

He also called for a pause in fighting to allow in humanitarian aid.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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