Op­pos­ing fac­tions still at the ta­ble, says UN en­voy

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By Shoshana Ke­dem Peace talks be­tween the Ye­meni gov­ern­ment and Houthi del­e­ga­tions re­sumed in Kuwait yes­ter­day, UN Spe­cial En­voy to Ye­men Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.

The state­ment came amid re­ports that direct talks had been sus­pended due to dis­agree­ments on key is­sues, Kuwait News Agency re­ported.

Dur­ing a con­fer­ence on Satur­day, the UN en­voy said that de­spite pos­i­tive signs of a po­lit­i­cal un­der­stand­ing be­tween the op­pos­ing fac­tions, there were still press sev­eral ob­sta­cles to peace, Al Ara­biya re­ported. The del­e­ga­tions will con­tinue to mud­dle through an agenda of items, in­clud­ing the ces­sa­tion of coali­tion air strikes, the with­drawal of armed groups, a handover of heavy weaponry, the re­lease of pris­on­ers and re­sump­tion of a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion. The UN-backed talks, which started on April 21, have been over­shad­owed by a se­ries of vi­o­la­tions from both sides to a truce struck on April 10.The talks aim to bring an end to fight­ing which the UN says has killed more than 6,400 peo­ple and dis­placed 2.8 mil­lion since March last year.

UNICEF Ye­men also said in a tweet on Satur­day that nearly 380,000 chil­dren in Ye­men could not re­sume school this year due to con­flict.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coali­tion sup­port­ing the forces of Ye­meni Pres­i­dent Abdu-Rabbu Man­sour Hadi against Houthi-led rebels in Ye­men.

The Shia Houthi - al­lied with for­mer Ye­meni pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh - ousted the gov­ern­ment from Sana’a last year, spark­ing the re­gional in­ter­ven­tion.

Mean­while, France’s for­eign af­fairs min­istry said that a woman work­ing for the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who was ab­ducted last De­cem­ber in Ye­men is a FrenchTu­nisian. The state­ment said France was work­ing closely with the ICRC to se­cure the re­lease of the aid worker, iden­ti­fied as Nourane Houas.

PEACEKEEPER: UN en­voy Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

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