Ye­men rebels, gov­ern­ment agree to UN-led peace talks

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Huthi Shi­ite rebels and Ye­men’ s ex­iled gov­ern­ment agreed Fri­day to at­tend U.N.-bro­kered peace talks in Geneva aimed at end­ing a more than two-month war that has cost over 2,000 lives.

The Geneva meet­ing, pro­vi­sion­ally set for June 14, would be the first sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort to stop the fight­ing which has led to what the United Na­tions has called a “cat­a­strophic” hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion.

“We ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion of the United Na­tions to go to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble in Geneva with­out pre­con­di­tions,” said Daifal­lah al-Shami, a se­nior mem­ber of the rebels’ po­lit­i­cal wing.

Speak­ing to AFP, he added that the rebels “will not ac­cept con­di­tions” from other par­ties.

Ezze­dine al-Is­bahi, in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter of the Ye­meni gov­ern­ment ex­iled in the Saudi cap­i­tal, said it would also send a del­e­ga­tion to Switzer­land.

U.N. en­voy Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day that the gov­ern­ment would at­tend but that he was still in con­sul­ta­tion with the rebels.

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