Yemen's war with northern Houthi fighters has ended, the country's president said in a television interview according to a tape received by Reuters.
"We can say the war is over, not stopped or in a truce," Ali Abdullah Saleh told Al-Arabiya in an interview to be aired on Friday.
Saleh said there were positive signs of the rebels commitment to ending the war such as removing landmines, opening roads, removing road blocks and handing over administrative units which they had occupied.
He also pointed to the release of nearly 175 government soldiers and tribal fighters on Wednesday.
"These are considered positive indications to prove good intentions not to return to a new war," he said.
Saleh also said he would not have dialogue with the separatists movement in the South but he was open for talks with pro-unity elements.
"Dialogue is only with pro-unity elements (in the south) who have legitimate demands. But we don't have dialogue with separatist elements," he said.
"We have dialogue with those who have understanding and complaints about certain issues ... through political channels," Saleh said.