- Title: U.S. urges Yemen to accept U.N.-drafted roadmap for peace talks
- Date: 7th December 2016
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 7, 2016) (STATE TV) STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARK TONER APPROACHING MIC (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARK TONER SAYING: "We are disappointed by the Republic of Yemen government's reaction to the UN drafted roadmap. As we stated, the roadmap is not and was never intended to be a final peace agreement. However, it does offer a solid framework for the government's goal of ending the conflict and returning security and stability to Yemen, a goal that should be supported by all." REPORTER ASKING QUESTIONS (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARK TONER SAYING: "We call on the Yemeni government to accept the roadmap. We recognize that the road map does contain difficult choices and underscored the compromises and concessions by all parties will be necessary to reach a durable political settlement." REPORTER ASKING QUESTIONS
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2016 20:18
- Keywords: U.S. State Department Yemen peace deal United Nations civil war peace agreement Mark Toner
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C, UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BVZWW7
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- Story Text: The United States expressed disappointment on Wednesday (December 7) at the Yemeni government's reaction to a U.N.-drafted roadmap to end the country's civil war and urged it to accept the proposal as a basis to begin negotiations on a peace agreement.
Yemen appeared to reject the U.N. plan on Tuesday, calling it a "dangerous international precedent" that would legitimize the rebellion against the internationally recognized government. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told a news briefing the United States was "disappointed" by Yemen's reaction.
"We call on the Yemeni government to accept the roadmap," he said. "We recognize that the roadmap does contain difficult choices and underscore that compromises and concessions by all parties will be necessary to reach a durable political settlement."
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