Yemen rebels halt peace talks in Switzerland amid continued gov’t strikes

19 Dec 2015   Yemen

Yemeni peace talks in Switzerland were halted Friday after the country’s Shia Houthi rebel delegation suspended all meetings with the internationally recognized government in protest at its cease-fire violations, members of Yemen’s two warring sides said. The Houthis said they would not resume talks unless the U.N. condemned government breaches of the week-long truce aimed at stalling the war in Yemen , the delegates said. Houthi fighters have also ignored the cease-fire agreement. Click here for more coverage of the war in Yemen. But the United Nations, which is mediating the talks, cast doubts on the alleged suspension. “We don’t have confirmation of any suspension,” the deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Farhan Haq, said. He said the U.N. special envoy for the country, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, “remains in touch with the parties.” The U.N. has urged factions to end the violence and is pressing to keep the […]

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