Talks in Geneva
· Ban Ki-moon makes announcement ·
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced in a statement that talks between parties in Yemen will be held in Geneva in one week, on Thursday, 28 May.
The statement expressed Ban Ki-moon's hope that talks in Geneva will “restore momentum toward a Yemeni-led political transition process”. Previously, on 21 September, peace talks mediated by the United Nations were interrupted when the Shiite Huthi militants took over the capital city of Sana’a. Yesterday the Security Council held a closed-door meeting on the situation in Yemen in which they expressed appreciation for the conference in Geneva, calling for “all Yemeni parties to attend these talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith”. The Security Council also announced its support of Ban Ki-moon's request to resume a humanitarian truce. The details of the negotiations are unclear, also because a humanitarian truce ended last week and fighting has resumed.
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