The United States welcomes the ceasefire in the conflict between the Government of Yemen and the Houthi rebels. We understand that a mediation commission representing all parties is monitoring compliance with the terms of the ceasefire and beginning the urgent process of reconciliation and reconstruction needed to bring this conflict to a permanent end.
The United States remains concerned about the humanitarian situation in the area, including the approximately 250,000 Yemenis displaced by the fighting. To assist displaced Yemenis, the United States has thus far provided $19.3 million during fiscal years 2009 and 2010. We urge other donor nations to support international relief agencies.
The United States supports a unified, stable, democratic and prosperous Yemen. We have significantly increased assistance to address the political, economic and security challenges that Yemen faces, and the President requested further increases in his recent budget proposal. We will continue to cooperate with international partners, including through the Friends of Yemen process, to ensure that the Yemeni people enjoy the benefits of political, economic and social reforms and achieve their long-term development goals.