Yemen peace talks set to open in Kuwait

12:04, 21 April 2016
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UN-brokered Yemeni peace talks – originally scheduled to begin Monday – are expected to open Thursday in Kuwait, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, Deutsche Welle reports.


"The Yemeni peace negotiations will start tomorrow in Kuwait under the auspices of the United Nations," he said Wednesday, according to Deutsche Welle.

The long-awaited talks were due to follow a ceasefire that went into effect this month but both sides have accused each other of ceasefire violations.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels and their allies have been battling for control of the fractured country since March 2015.

Read alsoU.S. air strikes in Yemen kill 14 militantsThe Houthis had rejected a proposed agenda demanding they surrender their heavy weapons and withdraw from their areas of control before a new government comprising all Yemeni forces is formed.

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