Houthi ne­go­tia­tors skip Geneva flight

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Aplane meant to carry Shi­ite Houthi rebels and their al­lies to talks in Geneva left Sanaa In­ter­na­tional Air­port with­out the del­e­gates on board, air­port of­fi­cials said Satur­day. The ab­sence casts doubt on whether the U.N.-led meet­ings will be able to go for­ward as planned.

A Houthi rep­re­sen­ta­tive said that the Houthis ob­jected to the idea of two sep­a­rate del­e­ga­tions to the talks— one rep­re­sent­ing the em­bat­tled gov­ern­ment, and one seen as rep­re­sent­ing a “coup.” He said this ar­range­ment cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment aimed at pres­sur­ing the Houthis to with­draw from Sanaa, rather than con­tin­u­ing a broader multi-party dis­cus­sion.

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