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UN Yemen envoy proposes peace deal roadmap

The UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

Following two months of negotiations between warring parties, the UN special envoy to Yemen has proposed a roadmap to end the Saudi Arabian onslaught in the conflict-hit country.

"The roadmap provides for the implementation of the security arrangements specified in Security Council Resolution 2216 and the establishment of a national unity government," said Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed during a briefing to the UN Security Council from Kuwait on Tuesday.

Delegations of the Saudi-backed former regime and Yemen's Ansarullah movement have been engaged in talks in Kuwait for a peaceful solution to the conflict.    

“In short, the general atmosphere continues to be positive although difficulties remain which need to be addressed,” he said. "The delegations have responded positively to the proposals, but have not yet reached agreement on the sequencing of the different steps provided in the roadmap."

A Yemeni boy walks amid the ruins of a school and a bowling club hit by a Saudi airstrike, in the capital Sana’a, on February 12, 2016. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015, in a bid to bring former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi — who is a staunch ally of Riyadh — back to power and defeat the Ansarullah movement.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the aggression. The Saudi strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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