Houthis refuse UN envoy efforts to start peace talks in Geneva

The Houthis continue to refuse efforts by the United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to persuade the Iran-backed militias to attend a new round of peace talks. (File/AFP)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Houthis refuse UN envoy efforts to start peace talks in Geneva

The Houthis continue to refuse efforts by the United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to persuade the Iran-backed militias to attend a new round of peace talks, sources in Sanaa told pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
Griffiths held talks with Houthi officials in Sanaa in an attempt to restart the peace talks in Geneva after the Houthis failed to attend the last round, held on September 6.

The sources said that the Houthis demanded that the national army halts their operation in the Hodeidah and to reopen Sanaa airport.
They also demanded that the UN allow dozens of wounded militants to travel outside of Yemen, along with the delegation and that their aircraft to not be inspected.


Syria Kurds reject ‘security zone’ under Turkish control

Updated 39 min 9 sec ago
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Syria Kurds reject ‘security zone’ under Turkish control

  • Syria’s Kurds rejected a US proposal for a “security zone” under Turkish control
  • Senior political leader said the Kurds would accept the deployment of UN forces

QAMISHLI: Syria’s Kurds on Wednesday rejected a US proposal for a “security zone” under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries’ border.
Senior political leader Aldar Khalil said the Kurds would accept the deployment of UN forces along the separation line between Kurdish fighters and Turkish troops to ward off a threatened offensive.
“Other choices are unacceptable as they infringe on the sovereignty of Syria and the sovereignty of our autonomous region,” Khalil told AFP.