The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen has announced that the two parties in the country have agreed to extend the ceasefire on the same terms for an additional two months from August 2 to October 2.
In a press statement on Tuesday, Hans Grundberg said the extension includes a commitment by the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded agreement as soon as possible. He expressed gratitude for their approval and for their continued constructive engagement with his office.
He said: “To consolidate the opportunity that the armistice offers towards sustainable peace, I will also intensify my efforts with the parties to reach an extended armistice agreement as soon as possible.”
Grundberg stressed the ceasefire would provide the opportunity to negotiate a comprehensive agreement on humanitarian and economic issues and to prepare for the resumption of the Yemeni-led political process under the auspices of the United Nations to reach a sustainable and just peace.
He expressed his gratitude for the concerted support provided by the international community, in particular the support of Saudi Arabia and Oman, and the members of the UN Security Council.