European Union External Action

Statement by the spokesperson on the resumption of UN-facilitated talks on Yemen

Thanks to the relentless efforts of the UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN-facilitated talks on Yemen will resume today in Switzerland.

These talks are a building block in reaching a sustainable and lasting settlement to the current crisis. The EU calls on all Yemeni parties to engage constructively and without preconditions in the negotiations, keeping the interest of all Yemenis at heart.

The announced ceasefire is the appropriate response to avoid further civilian casualties and destruction of critical civilian infrastructure; it also offers the possibility to fully enable access for emergency assistance to address the unprecedented needs of the Yemeni population.

This initiative goes in the right direction and the EU calls all parties and militias to abide by it and promote de-escalation and refrain from provocations.