Announcement of Cessation of Hostilities in Yemen

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 18, 2016

The United States welcomes today the announcement of a renewable 72-hour Cessation of Hostilities agreed upon by all Yemeni parties and the Saudi-led Coalition, which the UN Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has said will take effect on Wednesday, October 19. This cessation requires all parties to implement a full and comprehensive halt to military activities of any kind and help facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Yemenis across the country.  It will also enable the Special Envoy to continue his consultations and renew the peace negotiations as soon as possible.  We ask the parties to take all steps necessary to advance the implementation of this cessation, call on them to sustain it, and strongly encourage its unconditional renewal.  We reiterate the Special Envoy’s request to “allow free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all parts of Yemen, in addition to a full and comprehensive halt to military activities of any kind.‎"  The people of Yemen are depending on the full cooperation of all parties with the Special Envoy’s request.

We note again that peaceful resolution of this conflict requires compromises and commitments by everyone.  The United States, alongside the international community, is ready to provide assistance and will continue to work with all parties to conclude a negotiated settlement that will bring a permanent and lasting end to the conflict.