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Nov 05, 2018
9:04AM

UK to urge United Nations Security Council to act on Yemen

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Britain has announced that it was urging United Nations Security Council partners to act over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, saying there now appears to be a window for a peace deal.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt agreed with the UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths that the time was right for the Council to act to bolster the UN-led process. According to a Foreign Office statement, Mr Hunt said, Britain will use all its influence to push for such an approach. He said, there was a small but real chance that a cessation of hostilities could alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had called for a halt to violence in Yemen to pull the country back from a precipice and build momentum toward talks on ending the war.

According to UNICEF, almost 2 million Yemeni children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition, and the lives of 400,000 severely affected children are under threat.
 

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