“Strong logic” for Yemen talks amid terrorist gains

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Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary‑General appealed to all parties involved in the conflict to ensure the talks took place. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

Talks to decide the future of Yemen could take place before the end of October despite the "deep mistrust" between those involved, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, said Thursday.

Insisting that there's a "strong logic" for the talks to start now, Mr Eliasson highlighted how recent advances by terrorist groups threatened to destabilize the region further unless the fighting stops.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General also stressed the need for an end to the war in Syria, adding that the recent Russian military intervention could, paradoxically, be a spur to political negotiations.

Here's Daniel Johnson's report from Geneva.

Duration: 2’57″

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