Yemen: Houthi rebels reject UN draft peace plan
Aug.2, SanaaL Yemeni government negotiators have decided to leave peace talks in Kuwait after Houthi rebels rejected a United Nations proposal aimed at ending their country's war, media reports said.
Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi said on Monday that the government was not abandoning the peace process, but suggested it would only return if the Houthis and a powerful local ally lifted their objections to the UN plan.
Mekhlafi said while announcing the move that: "We've agreed to the initiative ... we are now leaving the territory of the brotherly state of Kuwait but we're not leaving the talks."
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN envoy, proposed that the government's foes in the armed Houthi movement quit three main cities they hold, including the capital Sanaa.
Under this plan, new talks would then be convened on forming a government that would include the Houthis, delegates said.
The Houthis dismissed the proposal as a non-starter on Sunday, saying in a statement that any agreement would need to be comprehensive and not postpone a resolution on major issues.
The negotiations that started in April have slowed the nationwide fighting that has killed at least 6,400 people and caused one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, according to reports.
The Oslo Times International News Network