Government & Politics

UN envoy to Yemen: Warring parties refuse to talk as violence escalates

Paris (IINA) � UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Tuesday Yemen's warring parties are refusing to discuss UN-brokered peace efforts, amid an escalation in violence that was having a "dramatic" impact on the civilian population, Reuters reported.

"We know today that a solution is close because we know it. We know that a solution in Yemen will be based on a military and political aspect so it's a bit of a shame that the parties don't want to sit down at the table to discuss that," Cheikh Ahmed told reporters after talks in Paris with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

"One of the subjects that concerns us the fact that we're seeing an increase in military operations with the consequences which that is having on the civilian population," the UN envoy said.

At least 10,000 people, including more than 1,500 children, have been killed in the nearly two-year-old war. Already desperately poor even before the war, Yemen is now in the throes of a major humanitarian crisis.

Source: International Islamic News Agency