Yemen peace talks start Monday

United Nations says peace talks aiming to secure a ceasefire in Yemen to start on Monday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Yemen’s clashing parties will begin negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on Monday, the United Nations says.

"We expect the parties to be here for what we call Geneva Consultations tomorrow," UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters on Sunday.

The talks will bring to the table Shia Houthi rebels and representatives of the exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Geneva talks are expected to secure a ceasefire, agreeing on a withdrawal plan for the Houthis.

UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien reported this week that 20 million civilians are in need of aid, 80 percent of the population.

The Houthis took control of Yemen’s government in February, which saw Hadi flee to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia began an air offensive with its Gulf Arab allies, pounding Houthi positions across Yemen.

At least 2,600 people have died in two months of conflict, according to the United Nations.

Western governments accuse Iran of supporting Shia Houthi rebels, while Iran says Saudi Arabia leads a war on behalf of “oppressive Western regimes.”

TRTWorld and agencies