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Russia calls for Yemen peace talks to speed up

Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin yesterday called on the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to "move quickly and announce the date for peace talks on the Yemeni crisis".

Churkin told reporters after the UN Security Council's closed door consultations on Yemen: "Unfortunately it seems that the coalition is being carried away by the bombing too much. One of the points we were making was that paragraph 8 of resolution 2216 called on all parties to adhere to international humanitarian law, and we were wondering if these was the case, given the destruction of civilian targets in Yemen."

"We called on the special representative of the Secretary General to try to convene the meeting as soon as possible. One of the concerns is that Ramadan is coming. We expressed the hope that it might be possible to continue those discussions in the course of Ramadan," he continued.

Churkin has also called on UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to hold an urgent round of peace talks.

The UN Security Council yesterday held a closed consultation on Yemen where the council members heard two briefings from UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, and UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

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