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US calls on Yemen to accept UN peace roadmap

Yemen rejected the peace proposal as a 'dangerous precedent' [AFP]

Date of publication: 8 December, 2016

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The United States urged Yemen to accept a United Nations drafted roadmap to end the country's war Wednesday, after the internationally recognised government of Yemen appeared to reject the proposal.
The United States urged Yemen to accept a United Nations drafted roadmap to end the country's war Wednesday, after the internationally-recognised government of Yemen appeared to reject the proposal.

This comes after Yemen on Tuesday called the roadmap a "dangerous international precedent" after the rebellion against the regime of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

"We call on the Yemeni government to accept the roadmap," US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. 

"We recognise that the roadmap does contain difficult choices and underscore that compromises and concessions by all parties will be necessary to reach a durable political settlement."

Toner added that the US was "disappointed" by the Yemeni response to the initiative.

Yemen's war has continued to rage on without a conclusive outcome, bringning the Middle East's poorest nation to the brink of collapse.

On Tuesday, aid group Oxfam warned that Yemenis are at risk of "catastrophic hunger," with the country's food stocks set to run out by April under punishing import restrictions.

According to the aid charity, food imports to Yemen plunged in August to half the amount needed to feed the war-torn country's population and that the level has remained below that ever since.

"Yemen is being slowly starved to death," said Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB chief executive. 

"First there were restrictions on imports - including much needed food - when this was partially eased, the cranes in the ports were bombed, then the warehouses, then the roads, and the bridges. This is not by accident - it is systematic."

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