Only inclusive political solution can end conflict in Yemen: UN Security Council

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- The members of the United Nations Security Council reiterated on Friday that only an inclusive political solution can end the conflict in Yemen.

In a press statement, they urged the parties to the conflict to urgently endorse the UN-facilitated Joint Declaration proposals without delay in order to achieve an inclusive and sustainable peace.

They stressed the need for urgent agreement to the Joint Declaration to enable negotiation of a comprehensive transitional agreement to end the conflict where power is shared among diverse political and social components.

The members of the Security Council underlined the importance of an inclusive political process allowing for the full and effective participation of women and youth. They called for the swift resumption of talks between the parties, in full engagement with the mediation led by the UN special envoy.

They reiterated their commitment to an inclusive Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political process as set out in the relevant UN resolutions, including Resolution 2216 (2015), as well as by the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and its implementation mechanism and the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference.

The council members welcomed the agreement by the parties on Sept. 27 to release 1,081 prisoners, an important step in the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement and an important confidence-building measure.

The Security Council met for the monthly meeting on Yemen conflict on Thursday.

The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels completed the exchange of 1,056 prisoners, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen said Friday. Enditem

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