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Jamal Benomar, United Nations peace envoy to Yemen, resigned

Apr 16, 2015 18:35 IST

United Nations (UN) peace envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar resigned on 16 April 2015. He was serving as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for Yemen since 2012.

He joined UN in 1994, serving various UN entities, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

His resignation comes at a time when the fighting in the region has escalated after a Saudi-led coalition launched an air war on 26 March 2015 to stop the advance by the Shiite Houthis.

Earlier on 14 April 2015, UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution calling for the swift resumption of peace talks and an end to violence in Yemen. The resolution, put forward by Jordan and Gulf Arab countries, also requires the Houthis to withdraw from places they control, including the capital Sanaa.

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