Russia calls for international forum to promote Yemeni settlement under UN aegis

The bloodshed in Yemen can be stopped only through the resumption of a political process based on UN Security Council resolutions, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

The bloodshed in Yemen can be stopped only through the resumption of a political process based on UN Security Council resolutions, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

"According to the reports, air strikes have resumed after a five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen, for instance, in the cities of Aden and Saada. Armed confrontations have been observed near the Yemeni-Saudi border and in the provinces of Ma'rib, Aden, al-Abyan, ad-Dali and Shabwah," the ministry said in a report posted on its website.

"Unfortunately, we have to state that the ceasefire appeals actively supported by Russia have not been heard. The humanitarian situation has been degrading. UN representatives say that the five-day humanitarian pause is obviously insufficient for the delivery of aid to most Yemeni provinces," the ministry said.

Relief is needed by practically half of people in Yemen, where the number of refugees and internally displaced persons has neared one million, the report said.

"Moscow is confident that the resumption of a political process based on a broad inter-Yemeni dialogue and relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the previous agreements between the Yemeni political forces are the only real chance to stop the bloodshed and to achieve lasting settlement of the Yemen conflict," the ministry underscored.

The need to pursue this path was proclaimed in the May 17-19 conference in Riyadh attended by a number of Yemeni and regional sides, the ministry said. "It is important to carry on the search for ways of a lasting political settlement in Yemen based on the interests of all citizens without exception and independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of this friendly country," it said.

"Together with other members of the international community, Russia will continue its energetic assistance in the convocation of an international forum to promote the peace process in Yemen under the UN aegis," the ministry underlined.

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