UN Yemen envoy Jamal Benomar resigns
JAMAL Benomar, the UN special adviser on Yemen, has resigned, diplomatic sources have told Al Jazeera.
James Bays, Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor, said the Moroccan diplomat told Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief, that it was time for him to end his role.
“Jamal Benomar has told the secretary-general it is time for him to end his mission in Yemen but that he remains willing to help the UN in any capacity that is needed,” he reported, citing diplomatic sources.
A UN spokesperson confirmed in a statement that Benomar wanted to move to another assignment, adding that a successor “will be named in due course”.
“Mr Benomar has spent the past four years working closely with the Yemenis to realise their legitimate aspirations for democratic change fulfilled,” the spokesperson’s statement said.
“The secretary-general greatly appreciates the tireless efforts Mr Benomar has made over the years to promote consensus and trust on a peaceful way forward in Yemen.”
The AFP news agency reported that among the candidates who could take his place is Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, a Mauritanian diplomat who currently heads the UN Ebola mission in Ghana’s capital Accra.
Benomar’s resignation comes as the war in Yemen intensifies, with the Saudi-led coalition continuing its air campaign against Houthi rebels in the coun
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