Yemen peace talks remain suspended, Loyalists present Houthi rebels six demands

Published May 21st, 2016 - 11:21 GMT
An early photograph of delegation arriving to Kuwait City to participate in the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/File)
An early photograph of delegation arriving to Kuwait City to participate in the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/File)

The Yemen peace consultations, sponsored by the UN, have been suspended for the third day running after the Yemeni government delegation decided to stop participating.

The decision was made on Tuesday due to the rebel delegation changing their minds about the previous agreements that have been made during the month of consultations.

The suspension of talks comes at a time when mediation efforts to contain the current fallout at the consultations have been intensified by a number of sponsors of the peace process in Yemen and the UN.

The UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has plunged into the battle to prevent the failure and collapse of the consultations. This can also be said for the host country Kuwait and countries sponsoring the peace process in Yemen. Meetings with the concerned parties were held in an attempt to remove the obstacles and difficulties that the Houthi-Saleh rebels created and resume consultations.

Sources close to the consultations said that the government delegation has one condition for participating in the consultations again; implementing six demands which it made after announcing the suspension of its participation in the consultations on Tuesday.

The six demands are: adherence to the UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf initiative and the procedure for its implementation, the national dialogue outcomes, full recognition of the Hadi government, commitment to the Biel consultations’ agenda, the five points which determine the agenda and the general framework for consultations and functions of the committees.

By Arafat Madabish

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the original.

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