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UN peace(!) talks on Yemen adjourned until mid-July

29 June 2016 18:02

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The United Nations says Yemen’s peace talks currently ongoing in Kuwait will be adjourned until after the holy month of Ramadan, which ends next week.

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said Wednesday that warring sides of the conflict will resume talks in Kuwait City on July 15.

Ould Cheikh said delegations of the Houthi Ansarullah movement and allies and those representing the government of resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, will have “the coming two weeks to meet their respective leaderships.”

“(They) will then return to Kuwait on 15 July with practical recommendations on how to implement the necessary mechanisms that will enable them to sign a peace accord and thus end the conflict in Yemen,” the UN envoy said in a statement.

A handout picture released by Kuwait’s Ministry of Information on June 27, 2016, shows UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (L) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) attending a meeting of Yemen’s peace talks with Yemeni delegations in Kuwait City. (AFP)
The peace talks on Yemen began in Kuwait on April 21 with the aim of putting an end to more than a year of conflict in the Arab country. The talks coincided with a UN-mediated ceasefire, which still holds across Yemen, although the Houthis have reported numerous airstrikes by Saudi Arabia targeting civilians.

The regime in Riyadh launched its deadly campaign against Yemen on March 26, 2015, to crush the Houthis and allies and restore power to Hadi. About 10,000 people have been killed in the Saudi airstrikes and Riyadh’s subsequent ground operation against its southern neighbor.

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