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Announcing the resumption of a comprehensive cessation of hostilities in the war-torn Gulf nation of Yemen, the United Nations Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has called on all parties to ensure that it leads to a permanent and lasting end to the conflict.

According to a statement, Cheikh Ahmed received assurances from all Yemeni parties of their re-commitment to the Terms and Conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities of April 10.

The cessation re-entered into force at noon on Saturday Nov 19, for an initial period of 48 hours and that it will be "renewed automatically if respected."

In the statement, Cheikh Ahmed "welcomed the restoration of the cessation of hostilities, which is necessary to avoid further bloodshed and destruction and should allow for the expanded delivery of humanitarian assistance."

The Special Envoy also welcomed the commitments he received from both sides to reactivate the De-escalation and Coordination Committee (DCC) and to deploy its members to Dhahran Al Janoub. The DCC members will work alongside UN experts who have already deployed to restart the DCC's work in support of the cessation of hostilities.

Further in the statement, Cheikh Ahmed reminded all Yemeni parties that the Terms and Conditions of the cessation of hostilities included an obligation 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.


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