LONDON Oct 16 The United States and Britain
called on Sunday for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in
Yemen to end violence between Iran-backed Houthis and the
government, which is supported by Gulf states.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said if Yemen's opposing
sides accepted and moved forward on the ceasefire then the
special envoy to the UN, Ould Cheikh Ahmed, would work through
the details and announce when and how it would take effect.
"This is the time to implement a ceasefire unconditionally
and then move to the negotiating table," Kerry told reporters.
"We cannot emphasize enough today the urgency of ending the
violence in Yemen," he said after meeting British foreign
minister, Boris Johnson, and other officials in London.
Kerry said he, Johnson and Cheikh Ahmed were calling for the
implementation of the ceasefire "as rapidly as possible, meaning
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton Writing by Elizabeth Piper;
Editing by Mark Potter)