Houthis refuse UN envoy efforts to start peace talks in Geneva

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

Houthis refuse UN envoy efforts to start peace talks in Geneva

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.