Yemen: Recipes imposed from outside won’t work

Ambassador's view
Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Deputy foreign minister (2005-2011). Follow him on Twitter @Amb_Yakovenko
A youth and a woman stand near a house destroyed during an air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Faj Attan village, Sanaa, Yemen May 7, 2015. (Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi)
Russia consistently calls for a peaceful resolution to the internal political crisis in Yemen. This should be achieved through an inclusive inter-Yemeni dialogue under UN auspices. No ready-made solutions may be imposed from the outside.

Continued hostilities only strengthen the positions of terrorists in the country, and must be stopped. Coalition air strikes have continued despite announcements of an end to the Decisive Storm operation. Renewed strikes have resulted in new civilian casualties. Needless to say that we are concerned with these developments.

We support the UN's intention to bring together all Yemeni stakeholders in Geneva. It is important to ensure the inclusiveness of the process. The Houthis should also become party to the talks, representing a third of Yemen's population. Attempts to isolate one party from the political process will only lead to new fighting.

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