EU reiterates finding political solution to Yemeni crisis

Tehran, June 13, IRNA - High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides in a statement urged finding a political solution to Yemeni crisis.

Both sides released the statement Wednesday on the latest developments around Hodeidah, Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and its regional allies attacked Yemen in March 2015 to bring back to power the deposed president of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Yemeni Health Minister Taha Motawakel earlier announced that the casualties of the Saudi-led coalition attacks on Yemen has reached 35,297 ones.

This is while the International Crisis Group referring to situation in Hodeida Port warned that the Yemen war has entered a new phase.

The full text of the EU statement appeared on European External Action Service (EEAS) website follows:

The latest reports today confirmed the intensification of the military operations around the city and the port of Hodeidah.

Hodeidah is one of the most densely populated areas in Yemen: an offensive on that city will have devastating consequences on the civilian population. An attack on the port of Hodeidah, which is a critical facility for the delivery of life-saving items to the Yemeni population, would further deteriorate the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in the country.

The European Union urges all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and priorities the protection of civilians. This includes ensuring that the port of Hodeida remains operational as a lifeline for humanitarian support and commercial access point for essential supplies.

The latest developments will only lead to further escalation and instability in Yemen, thus undermining the ongoing efforts of the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to resume a political track. The European Union reiterates its call on all parties to engage with the UN Special Envoy to resume talks towards a negotiated and inclusive political solution to the conflict and remains ready to provide its full support to these UN-led efforts.

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