The United Nations Security Council announced on Monday evening local time by publishing a statement that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen.

Iran PressAmerica: The landmark truce was first announced in April, and initially for two months.  It was renewed in June for another two months, and then again in August, marking the longest period of relative calm in Yemen in more than seven years of war. 

The Council called on the parties “to urgently intensify, and be flexible in, the negotiations under the auspices of the UN to agree on an expanded truce that could be translated into a durable ceasefire”.  

In addition to stepping up engagement with UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg, the sides were urged to abstain from conditionality and to work towards implementing measures to tackle the economic and financial crises.  

They expressed concern over recent instability in the south, the increase in civilian landmine casualties, and the lack of progress on the opening of the roads in Taïz, in line with UN proposals. 

The Council reiterated its support for the UN Special Envoy and expressed its determination that an expanded truce agreement will provide an opportunity to reach an inclusive, comprehensive political settlement. They also underscored the importance of the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women in the peace process.   219

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