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UN peace talks on Yemen adjourned until mid-July

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (AFP photo)

The United Nations says Yemen's peace talks currently ongoing in Kuwait will be adjourned until after the holy month of Ramadan, which ends next week.

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said Wednesday that warring sides of the conflict will resume talks in Kuwait City on July 15.

Ould Cheikh said delegations of the Houthi Ansarullah movement and allies and those representing the government of resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, will have “the coming two weeks to meet their respective leaderships.”

“(They) will then return to Kuwait on 15 July with practical recommendations on how to implement the necessary mechanisms that will enable them to sign a peace accord and thus end the conflict in Yemen,” the UN envoy said in a statement.

A handout picture released by Kuwait's Ministry of Information on June 27, 2016, shows UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (L) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) attending a meeting of Yemen's peace talks with Yemeni delegations in Kuwait City. (AFP)

The peace talks on Yemen began in Kuwait on April 21 with the aim of putting an end to more than a year of conflict in the Arab country. The talks coincided with a UN-mediated ceasefire, which still holds across Yemen, although the Houthis have reported numerous airstrikes by Saudi Arabia targeting civilians.

The regime in Riyadh launched its deadly campaign against Yemen on March 26, 2015, to crush the Houthis and allies and restore power to Hadi. About 10,000 people have been killed in the Saudi airstrikes and Riyadh's subsequent ground operation against its southern neighbor.

Ould Cheikh has repeatedly expressed hope during the talks that the two sides could reach a broad agreement if they are intent on making concessions. The Hadi delegation wants the Houthis to withdraw from the areas they have captured in Yemen and surrender their arms, but the Houthis say a political settlement must come before any withdrawal and disarmament takes place.

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