UN urges Yemeni parties to attend future talks and facilitate delivery of urgently needed aid

The U.N. Security Council is urging all parties in conflict-wracked Yemen to attend future peace talks and facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to the impoverished nation where the risk of famine is growing.

A press statement approved by all 15 council members Thursday endorses Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for a humanitarian pause in the fighting to allow life-saving assistance to reach the Yemeni people.

The statement followed Wednesday's council meeting where the U.N. special envoy for Yemen warned that the country is "one step" from famine, with 31 million people in need of aid compared with just 7 million two years ago.

The council urged all parties to consider Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed's proposals for a humanitarian pause leading to a sustainable cease-fire that would be internationally monitored.