Political Analysis

UN Pushes For Renewed Yemen Humanitarian Pause

National Yemen

High-level meeting of the Security Council on peace and security in Yemen

The UN Security Council issued new statement on Tuesday backed the former call of the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a new humanitarian pause to fighting in Yemen, saying peace talks should be held as soon as possible.

The 15-member council said in a unanimous statement they were “deeply disappointed” that talks scheduled for Geneva last week were pushed back.

A diplomatic source said, that an announcement on a new date for the talks, possibly around June 10, was imminent.

Council members “endorsed the UN secretary general`s call for a further humanitarian pause in order to allow assistance to reach the Yemeni people urgently,” said the statement.

A five-day pause earlier this month allowed aid agencies to reach civilians caught in the fighting, but UN efforts to prolong the truce failed.

“The consultations in Geneva need to happen without pre-conditions,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

“We would also like to see an immediate cessation of hostilities but we are not in a situation where we need to see a cessation before the talks begin,” he said.