Saturday, June 20, 2015

No peace in sight for Yemen as talks collapse

Peace talks between Yemen's warring factions have failed to produce a ceasefire agreement, said the country's Foreign Minister, Riad Yassin, following five days of talks brokered by the United Nations and its special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Riad Yassin blamed the failure of talks in Geneva on the rebel Houthi side, which he said had stalled progress and even failed to respond to the UN call and engage in the consultations, Yassin told a news conference.
Yassin, however, voiced optimism saying "this is not getting as much success as we hoped but it doesn't mean that we have failed. Rather, it would be the start of a new consultations in next stages."
Members of the delegation accompanying Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassin, confirmed to WAM that there was no agreement on a ceasefire or a humanitarian truce. They also confirmed that no agreement has been made with the UN's special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, on a date for new talks. –end-

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