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Pompeo Pushes for End to Yemen Conflict

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Jason DeCrow/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:05 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called on "all parties" involved in the brutal war in Yemen to end the conflict that has left more than 16,000 people dead and over two million displaced. 

"It is time to end this conflict, replace conflict with compromise, and allow the Yemeni people to heal through peace and reconstruction," Pompeo said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia backs Yemen's internationally recognized government and has since March 2015 led a coalition battling the country's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.

The civil war has devastated the country's infrastructure and the Saudi-led coalition has faced widespread international criticism over airstrikes that kill civilians. The U.S. has come under fire for supporting the war and has gained fresh momentum in the wake of Saudi Arabia's role in the murder of U.S. resident and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who was tortured and dismembered by Saudi officials in early October. 

"The time is now for the cessation of hostilities, including missile and UAV strikes from Houthi-controlled areas into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates," Pompeo's statement continued. "Subsequently, coalition air strikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen."

Pompeo also urged the parties to support a United Nations-led effort to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

"Substantive consultations under the UN Special Envoy must commence this November in a third country to implement confidence-building measures to address the underlying issues of the conflict, the demilitarization of borders, and the concentration of all large weapons under international observation," he wrote.

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"All parties" involved in the brutal war in Yemen should end the conflict that has left more than 16,000 people dead and over two million displaced, according to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday.
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