Political party of former Yemen leader Saleh welcomes UN resolution calling for a cease-fire

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In this photo take on Friday, April 17, 2015, smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike on Sanaa, Yemen. Iran's foreign minister urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday to try to end "the senseless aerial attacks" in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition and establish a cease-fire. (AP Photo/Shohdi Alsofi)


SANAA, Yemen — The political party of Yemen's former longtime autocrat has welcomed a United Nations resolution calling for a cease-fire in the country, urging on all involved in the conflict to observe it.

In a statement issued Sunday on its website, Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress said that it would "respond positively" to the U.N. Security Council resolution issued last week.

The resolution demands that all Yemeni parties, especially the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, end violence and return swiftly to U.N.-led peace talks aimed at a political transition. It makes no mention of the Saudi-led airstrikes targeting the rebels and pro-Saleh forces allied to them.

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