UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Warring parties in Yemen’s civil war have agreed to a pause in fighting next month and to begin negotiations in an attempt to end two years of fighting, United Nations Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement on Friday.
"Yemeni delegations should seize this opportunity to provide a mechanism for a return to a peaceful and orderly transition," Ahmed stated.
Since 2014, Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels. The rebels are supported by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
A Saudi-led coalition of mostly Gulf Arab states has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions since March 2015 at Hadi's request.