UN: Ceasefire takes effect in Yemen as peace talks due to start

December 15, 2015 12:26

GENEVA - A ceasefire took effect in Yemen on Tuesday as the warring parties were set to begin UN-sponsored peace talks in Switzerland aimed at reaching a lasting peace, a United Nations spokesman said.

"UN Secretary-General Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announces today the start of cessation of hostilities in Yemen which he considers an initial first step towards building a lasting peace in the country," UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told a news briefing in Geneva.

Representatives of the Yemeni government and Houthi forces have arrived at an undisclosed location in Switzerland with delegations of 18 each, and were to start talks any minute, he said.

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