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No ceasefire after Yemen peace talks

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 01:27

Officials say Yemeni peace talks have concluded without a ceasefire agreement, though a UN spokesman says tthe discussions have been ''constructive''. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The fighting in Yemen began 3 months ago... troops loyal to Yemen's exiled president President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi trying to repel Iran-backed Houthi rebels on a drive for territory. Saudi Arabia has joined the fight, attacking the Houthis from the air. U.N.-sponsored peace talks -- just concluded in Geneva -- did not produce a ceasefire although UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi says the meetings have been constructive. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. SPOKESMAN, AHMAD FAWZI, SAYING: "The day before yesterday, a delegate from the Sanaa delegation himself, came out and said as you know 'We've had good talks with the envoy, we are making some progress.' Yesterday, the envoy told me the talks were extremely constructive." But there were bumps along the road. Yesterday, a fight broke out between supporters of the Yemeni government and Houthi officials during a news conference. ... An indication of the gulf that still separates the warring parties on the ground. It's a desparate fight for territory. Houthi targets have been left in ruins by Saudi-led air raids, although the rebels have managed to capture some significant prizes, including Sanaa, the capital. The UN says more than 2,600 civilians and combatants have been killed since the conflict began.

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No ceasefire after Yemen peace talks

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 01:27