The EU is disappointed by the non-extension of the truce in Yemen

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The European Union, through its diplomatic service, expressed disappointment over the inability to further respect the ceasefire in Yemen.

The truce agreed between the Houthis and the Yemeni government was to be extended for an additional six months, at the suggestion of the United Nations and its representative Hans Grundberg. But both sides failed to reach an agreement and blame each other.

According to the European Union, the "maximalist positions" did not "make the task" of the UN representative easier.

- This truce has delivered many tangible benefits to millions of Yemenis and the UN Special Representative H. Grundberg's proposal offers the opportunity to significantly increase its impact, including the payment of salaries to officials, additional flights to and from Sana'a, uninterrupted oil deliveries through the port of Hudaya and the reopening of the road around Taez, stands in the reaction of the European Union, which reiterates that this would have positive consequences for the lives of millions of Yemeni citizens.

The Union called on the Houthis to "show a real commitment to peace" and come forward with moderate demands, as well as to engage in dialogue with the representative of the United Nations.

- Rejecting this proposal is a strategic mistake, this is not what the Yemenis want and deserve, the UN said.

Yemen's war between the government and the Houthi rebel group began in 2014 when the Houthis, backed by Iran, seized the capital Sanaa and much of northern Yemen. The Yemeni government, for its part, has the support of Saudi Arabia, which supplies it with military equipment.

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