The 72-hour ceasefire, which begins tonight in Yemen, will allow urgent humanitarian assistance to reach large parts of the population that have been suffering drastic shortages. The efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, have been particularly important in achieving this agreement among all the parties.
This should be a first step in paving the way for the resumption of the UN-led peace negotiations, which are the only effective means to put an end to the conflict and to find a long-term solution. The ceasefire must be respected by all sides and its duration extended so as to create the necessary conditions for such negotiations.
The European Union stands by the people of Yemen, who are the first victims of this crisis, and remains fully committed to support the peace process through every effort, and to provide humanitarian support to all those affected by the conflict.