Last week UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed handed over his roadmap for peace to the warring parties in Yemen. It is a product of months of negotiations between the Yemeni parties that have taken place under the eye of the UN during the past year. It is designed to reflect the concerns and aspirations of both sides and facilitate a lasting solution to a conflict which has raged for more than two years since the Houthis and forces loyal to former President Saleh took Sanaa by force from the legitimate authorities.
Men are silhouetted against a large representation of the Yemeni flag as they attend a ceremony to mark the anniversary of North Yemen's Sept. 26, 1962 revolution. (AP_
Those who block peace and recklessly prolong this conflict will be held fully responsible by the international community and the Yemeni people. The time for fighting is over. Now is the time for dialogue, negotiation and compromise.Ambassador Edmund Fitton-Brown