Kuwait: The UN sponsored peace talks between Yemen’s rival forces began in Kuwait on Thursday night, according to Kuwait’s state radio broadcast live. The talks came after a three-day delay as warring parties traded accusations over truce breaches and differences of the talks agenda between Saudi-backed internationally recognised Sunni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Shiite Houthi militia as well as its ally, the forces loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The rival parties sit around a table at the opening session of Yemen peace talks, as broadcasted by the radio.
The UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed co-hosted the session and delivered a speech. “I call upon you to begin in good faith to seek an end to the current crisis.. and I assure you that failure is out of equation, “ he said. “Differences do exist, but it can be reconciled and our plan will form a solid framework to pave the way for a new political process,” he said. “The talks will go ahead based on the agreed five points in line with the Security Council resolution 2216, and the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, “ he said. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition said they are coordinating with cease-fire monitoring teams in Yemen to report any violations to the truce. IANS
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