‘Significant’ differences persist among Yemen foes: UN

26 April, 2016 12:00 AM printer

KUWAIT CITY: Yemen’s warring parties held a fifth day of peace talks in Kuwait on Monday after the UN envoy said “significant differences” still separate them, reports AFP.
A UN spokesman said the talks between the government and the Shia Huthi rebels had resumed after extensive discussions of security, political and humanitarian issues on Sunday.
“Significant differences in the delegations’ points of view remain but nonetheless there is consensus on the need to make peace and to work intensively towards an agreement,” UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement late on Sunday.
Negotiations on a political settlement have made no headway as the two sides are still discussing ways to consolidate a fragile ceasefire that went into effect on April 11.
The delegations have agreed to appoint two officials, one from each side, to make recommendations on how to sustain the ceasefire, the envoy said.
The government delegation has insisted that the ceasefire should include confidence-building measures, such as opening safe passages to all besieged areas and releasing prisoners.