The United Nations has announced the June 6 agreement among Yemeni stakeholders and the main Yemeni parties to attend inclusive Yemeni-led consultations in Geneva on 14 June.
This positive step has the potential to put a broad-based political settlement back at the centre of international efforts to reach a sustainable solution to the current crisis in Yemen following the Conference held in Riyadh on 17-19 May.
The talks in Geneva on june 14 are consultations rather than peace negotiations, but if all parties engage without preconditions and in good faith, the Geneva talks can be a milestone on the path towards a political solution in Yemen. The talks will also be key for the swift resumption of a predictable and sustainable humanitarian ceasefires, and the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance according to the principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence.
The EU fully supports the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed to resume inclusive political negotiations, in accordance with the GCC initiative, the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and related UN Security Council resolutions.
The U.S. also call upon those participating to prioritize reaching an agreement to end the fighting and begin the withdrawal of forces from key Yemeni cities.
Source Statement by EU Spokesperson & U.S. gov
June 9, 2015.