Sunday, March 4, 2018

Russia Calls on Int’l Community to Encourage Dialogue in Yemen

Dialogue in Yemen
The international community should continue encouraging parties to the conflict in Yemen to dialogue and do not give up this process, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Ethiopia’s 'The Reporter'.

"Our position remains unchanged and we believe that putting an end to the conflict in Yemen will be only possible through dialogue and respecting interests of all Yemeni political factions," the Russian minister said on Saturday.

"However, it will not be possible to restore national accord there, in an instant," he continued.

Lavrov said that "The opposing parties have lodged several claims against each other, even though sometimes they could be groundless."

"In the current situation, Yemeni factions are not ready for constructive dialogue aimed at resolving the contradictions, and this, in fact, is the main problem on the way of settlement of the crisis," the Russian foreign minister said.

"However, this should not be considered as a justification to give up the attempts in this direction."

Moscow’s position is that the international community, and first of all the UN, "should continue encouraging Yemen’s protagonists to avoid violence and return to the negotiations table”, Lavrov noted.

"On our part, we will continue contributing to this job," the Russian foreign minister said.

"We have been doing so from the beginning of the conflict in Yemen,” he noted, adding that Moscow will talk to all sides who can help resolution of the conflict in the war-torn Arab country.

At the same time, the Russian side is taking practical steps "to offer humanitarian support to the suffering civilians in Yemen," Lavrov said. "We consider sending there another humanitarian consignment soon."

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