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UN Security Council calls on all sides in Yemen to ‘de-escalate’

The UN Security Council called Tuesday on all sides in war-torn Yemen to “de-escalate” and return to talks as the conflict there took an ominous turn with the killing of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“The members of the Security Council call all sides to de-escalate and to recommit and re-engage without preconditions in the UN-led political process to achieve a durable ceasefire,” Japanese ambassador Koro Bessho, the council’s president, said after a closed-door meeting on the situation.

Bessho said the 15-member council was deeply concerned about the sharp escalation in violence as well as “the dire and deteriorating” humanitarian situation in Yemen.

“Yemen stands on the brink of a catastrophic famine,” he said.

At the same time, he said the Security Council members “strongly condemn”

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