Yemen parties urged to adhere to cessation of hostilities agreement

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Homes in Yemen destroyed by coalition airstrikes. Photo: Almigdad Mojalli/IRIN

Warring parties in Yemen are being urged by the UN Security Council to adhere to a cessation of hostilities agreement.

In a statement on Wednesday, Council members also called on the sides to "exercise maximum restraint" should violations occur.

Government forces and Houthi rebels have been battling for power in Yemen for most of this year.

Recent UN-backed peace talks ended without agreement and negotiations will resume in mid-January.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Security Council expressed "deep concern" at the number of violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement that took place during the talks which were held last week in Switzerland.

Council members urged the sides to fulfil commitments made at that time, and welcomed their commitment to the new round of talks scheduled for next month.

They emphasized that the UN-brokered dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process that leads to a political solution to the country's crisis.

The Council also welcomed the parties' commitment to ensure humanitarian aid deliveries to all affected areas of Yemen.

The UN estimates that 80 per cent of the population, or 21 million people, require humanitarian relief.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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