World | Wed May 27, 2015 2:42am IST Related: WORLD, YEMEN
U.N. chief confirms delay in Yemen peace talks
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has officially asked his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to postpone the Geneva talks aimed at stopping the conflict in the country, scheduled for May 28. “The Secretary-General is disappointed that it has not been possible to commence such an important initiative at the soonest possible date and reiterates his call for all parties to engage in United Nations-facilitated consultations in good faith and without pre-conditions,” said a statement from Ban’s New York office. “He also reiterates that the only durable resolution to the crisis in Yemen is an inclusive, negotiated political settlement.” The United Nations says that more than 1,000 people have died since the conflict escalated in March.
65% of Yemenis lack sanitation, clean water – rights group
Another 3 million Yemenis have been left without access to clean water and sanitation as a result of Saudi-led airstrikes and ongoing fighting, Oxfam charity said Tuesday. The total number of those in need of these and other necessities is now 16 million, Sputnik said, citing he report. Grace Ommer, a country director for Yemen at Oxfam, called for an immediate ceasefire and for a rebuilding of the water infrastructure. Heads of 11 Yemeni cities have asked humanitarian organizations to provide them with over 2 million liters of fuel for the pumps that bring water to millions of people.
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