Brazil welcomes with satisfaction the announcement, by the UN Secretary General Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheik Ahmed, of the round of peace talks to be launched on April 18, in Kuwait, under the auspices of the United Nations. It also welcomes the announcement of the cessation of hostilities agreement, to begin at midnight on April 10.
Over one year into the conflict, more than six thousand people have been killed according to the report of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Security Council, and a serious humanitarian crisis has set in the country. According to data from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), around 80% of the Yemeni people need some form of humanitarian assistance.
Since the beginning of the Yemeni crisis, the Brazilian Government has argued that only an inclusive political process could lead to the reconciliation between the parties involved and, therefore, put a definitive end to the conflict, in line with Resolution 2216 of the UN Security Council.
Brazil will closely follow the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement and the negotiations in Kuwait, and hopes that the process started under mediation of the Special Envoy leads Yemen to a lasting peace.