Yemen rebels, government agree to UN-led peace talks
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.