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Tehran submits 4-point peace plan for Yemen to UN

Iran Press TV

Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:11AM

Iran has submitted a four-point peace plan for Yemen to the United Nations in an attempt to end the bloodshed in the Arab country.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the international community to take necessary measures to stop the Saudi airstrikes against the Yemeni people, which have claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians so far.

'It is imperative for the international community to get more effectively involved in ending the senseless aerial attacks and establishing a ceasefire,' said the Iranian official, adding that Tehran is ready to cooperate with the UN "to facilitate and encourage an immediate end to these senseless bombardments and initiation of a genuine dialogue to find a political solution to this tragic crisis."

Zarif said that addressing the dire humanitarian crisis in the Arab country is the second objective of Tehran's peace initiative.

'This critical situation is escalating and humanitarian crisis in Yemen is approaching catastrophic dimensions,' he warned, urging the immediate dispatching of international aids for the Yemeni people.

The top Iranian diplomat also stressed that the Yemeni conflict has no military solution.

Intra-Yemeni dialog is the only way out of the country's crisis, Zarif stated while elaborating on the third priority of Tehran's plan.

He also discussed the formation of an inclusive national unity government as the last step of the plan to halt Yemen's deadly clashes.

'The only way to restore peace and stability is to allow all Yemeni parties to establish, without any foreign interference, their own inclusive national unity government,' Zarif pointed out.

Iran's foreign minister warned that the Saudi aggression would only benefit al-Qaeda-linked groups, which pose a great danger to the security and stability of the region.

'Terrorist groups have been the main beneficiaries, gaining strategic foothold in Yemen aided by the foreign aerial campaign," he said.

'It may result in further exacerbation of the already tense circumstances in a region that has been plagued by one of the most barbaric types of extremism and multi-pronged vicious campaign of foreign-backed terrorists,' he stated.

Saudi Arabia's air campaign against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement started on March 26, without a United Nations mandate, in a bid to restore power to the country's fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

According to reports, some 2,600 people, including women and children, have so far lost their lives in the attacks.


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