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Yemeni rivals set to resume UN peace talks in Kuwait

UN-brokered talks began on April 11 in attempt to resolve one-year conflict

04.05.2016 - Update : 08.05.2016
Yemeni rivals set to resume UN peace talks in Kuwait  Photo: Abdulnasser Alseddik - Anadolu Agency

By Zakaria al-Kamali

SANAA, Yemen

Yemen’s warring rivals are set to resume UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait on Wednesday.

The resumption of talks comes three days after the government delegation suspended its participation in the negotiations, citing alleged ceasefire violations by the Shia Houthi group.

The UN-brokered talks began on April 11 in an attempt to resolve the one-year conflict in the Arab country.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on Yemen’s warring rivals to address what it called “war crimes” during the conflict.

“It's crucial for the Yemen peace talks to address past atrocities as well as future political arrangements,” Joe Stork, HRW’s deputy Middle East director, said in a statement. “A mechanism should be put in place to investigate abuses, prosecute those responsible and assist the victims.”

The government delegation has demanded the immediate implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2216, which calls on the Houthis to withdraw from Yemeni cities and to lay down their arms.

According to UN figures, the ongoing conflict has led to the death of more than 6,400 Yemenis to date and forced some 2.5 million to flee their homes.

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