"No winners" in Yemeni conflict

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Displacement site in Khamer, Amran Governorate, Yemen. UN Photo: OCHA/Philippe Kropf

Political leaders in Yemen have been told there are "no winners in war" and have been urged by the UN to agree to a new roadmap for peace.

The Gulf state descended into conflict after Shia Houthi rebels seized the capital Sana'a in 2014 and forced the government to move most of its operations to the country's second city, Aden.

Andita Listyarini reports.

Some 10,000 people have been killed and around 80 per cent of the population in Yemen, that's some 21 million people, are in need of humanitarian assistance according to the UN.

Talks to bring peace to the war-torn country have failed.

Now a new roadmap for peace has been proposed by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

On Monday, he addressed the Security Council in New York, through an interpreter.

"After 18 months of horrific fighting, thousands of deaths, injuries and unspeakable human suffering and total economic collapse, we all need to ask, how long will Yemenis remain hostage to personal and reckless political decisions? What are the parties waiting for to sign a political agreement? Have they not understood that there are no winners in wars? The roadmap I have proposed to the parties is widely supported by the international community because it provides a comprehensive solution."

The new peace plan includes what the Special Envoy described as a sequence of political and security steps to help Yemen return to an orderly political transition.

It would involve the establishment of military and security committees to supervise the withdrawal of armed forces and the handover of weapons.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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