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No resolution yet as Yemen peace talks to resume in January

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 01:24

Yemenis are disappointed with the failure of peace talks in Geneva and blame all sides for the lack of progress to end the conflict. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Yemen's warring parties have agreed on a broad framework for ending their war at talks in Switzerland. But the U.N.'s Special Envoy says they first have to agree to a permanent ceasefire, after a week-long truce was widely violated., with talks postponed until early next year. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL ENVOY FOR YEMEN, ISMAIL OULD CHEIKH AHMED, SAYING: "The parties have agreed to meet again on the 14th of January for a second round of talks to be convened by the Special Envoy in a location which we have still to agree upon." On the streets of Sanaa: disappointment and anger. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SANAA RESIDENT, GHAZI AHMED, SAYING: "The Yemeni people had high hopes for this second Geneva conference so they have disappointed the Yemeni people. The people can't handle anymore crises or wars and I think the dialogue that has been delayed will likely fail because there are no good intentions." A military alliance of mostly Gulf Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia began bombing Yemen's Houthi movement, an ally of Iran, in March -- It was an effort to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The conflict has killed nearly 6,000 people and plunged the impoverished country into a humanitarian crisis.

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No resolution yet as Yemen peace talks to resume in January

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 01:24