Human Rights & Democracy

Statement by the Spokesperson on the efforts to resume political talks to end the war in Yemen

Bruxelles, 27/11/2018 - 18:48, UNIQUE ID: 181127_14
Statements by the Spokesperson

Statement by the Spokesperson on the efforts to resume political talks to end the war in Yemen

Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, the European Union has maintained that the only solution would come from a political settlement. However, more than three years of hostilities have ravaged the country and created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. It is high time to push for an end to the war.

Recent calls for a ceasefire and increased diplomatic activity as well as the parties' willingness to show restraint can be conducive for opening a new space. The UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, is now aiming at a resumption of political talks in Sweden early next month. He has the EU's unwavering support to accomplish this goal. This was the conclusion of the discussion on Yemen held at the last Foreign Affairs Council and the message we have been conveying to regional stakeholders during our recent consultations.

It is therefore critical that all sides urgently commit to a de-escalation to create space for negotiations. We echo Mr Griffiths' calls in this regard, and we remain actively engaged in providing Mr Griffiths and his office the necessary support, as needed.

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