22298
UN: Time to Redouble Peace Efforts in Yemen
International

UN: Time to Redouble Peace Efforts in Yemen

The United Nations aid chief on Tuesday urged the Security Council to redouble efforts to secure a pause in fighting in Yemen, saying he would travel to the country within weeks.
“This conflict has brought appalling damage on an already suffering people,” former British MP Stephen O’Brien told the Council in New York as the latest truce collapsed, AFP reported.
“We must redouble our efforts to secure a pause in the fighting which is adhered to by all parties, to reach all those in need with basic assistance and urgently to give time and space to seek to reach a more durable ceasefire and a political solution.”
O’Brien, who took up his position in late May, said he would travel to Yemen “in the coming weeks to see for myself the needs of the Yemeni people and the challenges faced.”
Yemen’s ambassador to the UN, Khaled Hussein Alyemany, said the visit would take place on August 9.
O’Brien told the UNSC the much-needed aid response in Yemen was “woefully under-resourced.”
So far, only 15%, or $241 million, had been received out of the United Nations’ $1.6 billion appeal.
Aid agencies developed a plan to reach three million people, during a five-day truce unilaterally declared by a Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen, with vital aid, including water, sanitation, food and life-saving healthcare.
Around 80% of Yemen’s population, an estimated 21 million people, are in need of aid and protection and more than 10 million are struggling to obtain food and water, the UN says.
The truce was shattered on Tuesday with the resumption of Saudi-led airstrikes and fighting in the south of the country.

 

Short URL : http://goo.gl/R2JZHc

You can also read ...

HRW reports that Myanmar’s government and military officials have seized vast swaths of land from farmers.
Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar’s government to promptly...
Protests Spread, Turn Deadly in Iraq
At least eight people are dead and dozens injured in weeklong...
US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.
"Bizarre", "shameful", "disgraceful", that is the swift and...
Britain’s May Wins Parliament Vote After Bowing to Brexit Pressure
British Prime Minister Theresa May won a series of votes in...
US in Denial of Civilian Casualties in Raqqa
The US-led coalition’s flurry of responses rejecting the...
US Ready for Direct Talks  With Taliban
The United States says it will engage in direct talks with the...

Trending

Googleplus