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UN will not renew contract of special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ahmed


special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ahmed
special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ahmed

The Baghdad Post, January 23, 2018 - The UN Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will step down as a top negotiator for the war-stricken country next month, the Daily Mail quoted the international body as saying.

A statement released by the UN did not name a successor for Cheikh Ahmed, who was appointed a special envoy for Yemen in April 2015.

Cheikh Ahmed "does not intend to continue in his position beyond the end of his current contract ending in February 2018", the statement said.

"The special envoy remains committed to pursue through diplomacy an end to the violence and a political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people until a successor is named."

In nearly three years as Yemen envoy, Cheikh Ahmed oversaw multiple rounds of UN-brokered negotiations between warring parties in Yemen, all of which failed to yield a detente in the violence that has claimed more than 9,200 lives since 2015.

In May 2017, his convoy came under fire in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which is controlled by the country's Iran-backed Houthi terrorists.

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led military coalition has been fighting the Houthi terrorists in the Arab peninsula state of Yemen.

The UN has described Yemen as the world's largest humanitarian disaster, calling for $2.96 billion to combat imminent famine as well as cholera and diphtheria outbreaks in 2018.