UN struggling to initiate meaningful peace talks, but there is little room for it

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, said Thursday that the international organization is working hard to initiate “meaningful” peace talks in Yemen. They must start before the turn of the year.

Guterres made that ruling in Buenos Aires on the eve of the G20 summit of industrialized countries. The ever-expanding humanitarian crisis in Yemen has urged Western countries to demand the end of the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia.

He said that he did not want to raise false expectations because of “a number of disappointments that have taken place”, but he hopes that the discussions will be resumed soon.

The United Nations tried to initiate peace negotiations earlier to stop the conflict in Yemen. The crisis has killed more than ten thousand people and brought the country to the brink of famine.

The Dutch House of Representatives recently called on the government to argue in the UN Security Council for an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. There was no support for this. Also within the European Union there are not enough countries behind an arms embargo. Meanwhile, US Senate adopted the resolution to cease financial aid for the Saudi military in part dedicated to Yemeni campaign.

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