UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a quick end to fighting in Yemen and the resumption of U.N.-led peace talks to end the conflict.
The U.N. chief said he "took note" of Saudi Arabia's announcement that it was concluding airstrikes and expressed concern at the resumption of fighting Wednesday. He welcomed the Saudi-led coalition's announcement that it supports a quick resumption of the political process in Yemen and the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Ban said he is waiting for "positive responses" from key parties to his choice for a new special envoy to Yemen -- widely reported to be the current U.N. Ebola chief, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Once the new envoy is approved, Ban said he is ready to provide the "diplomatic facilities" to resolve the conflict through negotiations.