UN says work­ing for Ye­men peace talks af­ter Kerry’s plan

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

GENEVA: The United Na­tions said yes­ter­day that it was work­ing with Saudi Ara­bia to try to bring Ye­men’s gov­ern­ment to peace talks af­ter it re­jected a plan bro­kered by the United States.

US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry said on Tues­day that the Saudi-led coali­tion, that backs the gov­ern­ment in its fight against the Houthi group, sup­ported a cease­fire plan that the Houthis have agreed to.

But Pres­i­dent Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s ad­min­is­tra­tion re­jected Kerry’s move, com­plain­ing that it played into the hands of the Houthis and side­lined the gov­ern­ment. “We are work­ing very closely with Saudi Ara­bia and other coun­tries in the re­gion that can in­flu­ence (the par­ties to the con­flict),” U.N. Deputy Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Jan Elias­son told a news con­fer­ence in Geneva. “We have dis­cov­ered a stronger and stronger view that this war must come to an end but we have to bring them back to ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble,” he said, giv­ing no time­line.

The Houthis said on Wed­nes­day they were ready to stop fight­ing and join a na­tional unity gov­ern­ment, rais­ing hopes of a res­o­lu­tion to a con­flict that has killed more than 10,000 peo­ple.

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