RIYADH, Dec 14 (KUNA) — The command of the Saudi-led Arab coalition to restore the legitimate authority in Yemen announced Monday that the planned ceasefire in the country will start at 12:00 midday, Sanaa time (9:00 am GMT), on Tuesday, December 15.
The coalition reserves its right to respond to any breach of the seven-day truce which is renewable on December 21 in case of compliance by the other party (the Houthis), according to a statement by the command, carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) tonight.
The command of the coalition reaffirmed commitment to supporting the Yemeni people and their legitimate government, and contributing to the efforts aiming to reach a political settlement to the Yemeni crisis.
The decision to declare a ceasefire came in response to an initiative contained in a letter by Yemeni President Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the statement pointed out.
The truce takes effect in synchronization with the UN-sponsored peace talks between the legitimate government, on one hand, and the Houthi rebels and supporters of the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, on the other.
The talks, due in Switzerland on Tuesday aim to reach a lasting peace deal based on the UN Security Council Resolution 2216.