Yemen talks to resume in January

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UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Credit: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

 

UN-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending nearly nine months of conflict in Yemen have ended in Switzerland without a break through.

Nearly 6,000 people been killed as government forces battled Houthi rebels for control of the Gulf state.

The talks are planned to resume on 14 January.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said some progress had been made in the most recent talks, although a formal agreement was not reached.

Despite a temporary ceasefire having been put into place at the start of the talks, intense fighting continued in the north of the county between Houthi rebel forces and those that remain loyal to the government.

The Special Envoy said that bilateral consultations will continue in the region in the coming weeks, with the aim of identifying "confidence-building measures" that he hoped would help lay the foundation "for a durable ceasefire and peace process."

The location of the next round of talks in mid-January has not yet been decided.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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