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Yemen: Ban welcomes signing of UN-brokered agreement as step towards peace, stability

THE LEVANT – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the implementation “in full, without delay” of a newly-agreed peace deal in Yemen which strives to end violence that has killed and displaced hundreds of people in recent weeks.

The signing over the weekend of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement is “a positive step towards political stability and peace in the country,” Mr. Ban said in a statementyesterday from his spokesperson.

He commended the Yemenis for their ability to come together and read agreement on a “peaceful path forward” during a period of conflict and uncertainty.

The agreement was signed yesterday as part of efforts led by Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar.

Yemen has recently emerged from a complex UN-backed transition, but the past few months have been marked by violence and unrest in some parts of the country.

In his statement, Mr. Ban urges Yemeni political leaders to ensure that the forces over which they exercise control or influence cease all violent acts, and disengage from the conflict.

He also calls for the return of all Government institutions to the control of the legitimate authorities.

In addition, Mr. Ban calls on Yemeni political leaders to rapidly implement the political undertakings contained in the agreement, and to remain committed to the principles of the National Dialogue Conference.

He underscored that the UN looks forward to continuing its engagement with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as the legitimate, elected president and other political leaders as they seek to build “a new, democratic Yemen that responds to the legitimate aspirations of all its citizens.”

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