Yemen peace talks fail, government delegation withdraws

Published May 17th, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, addressed the press on May 15, 2016 about the progress of the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/Yasser Al-Zayyat)
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, addressed the press on May 15, 2016 about the progress of the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/Yasser Al-Zayyat)

AFP reports that the Yemeni government delegation withdrew from the UN-backed peace talks in Kuwait. 

Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi, the head of the government delegation, posted on Twitter that the opposing party, the Houthi rebels, refused to comply with previously agreed upon resolutions.

"I have asked the UN envoy not to allow the rebels to waste any more time ... and to make them comply with the reference issues before we resume the talks," said Mikhlafi.

According to AFP, Mikhlafi referenced the UN Security Council resolution that required Houthi rebels to retreat from certain areas in Yemen and surrender captured weapons.

Before the Yemeni government delegation withdrew, the two delegations were working on a deal to exchange half of their prisoners before Ramadan in early June. Preliminary reports from the talks were largely positive.

Two days ago, UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed had released a statement saying that he believed a peaceful resolution could be met in this series of peace talks.


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