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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says negotiations only way to prevent long conflict in Yemen

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said negotiations are the only way to prevent a long-term conflict in Yemen.

The U.N. chief made the comments Saturday at the opening session of an Arab summit held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

There's an ongoing campaign of airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen targeting the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies.

Ki-moon also said he was angry and shamed by the failure of the world to stop Syria's raging civil war. He promised to step up diplomatic efforts.


Al-Haj reported from Sanaa, Yemen.

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