Yemen peace talks collapse

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Added On September 10, 2018

 The new round of UN-led peace talks collapsed on Saturday after two days of waiting for the Houthi delegation.

 
But the United Nations envoy vowed to bring the parties together sooner or later.
 
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said the UN failed to get the Houthi delegation to the talks.
 
Griffiths said the Houthi delegation were actually keen to travel to Geneva for the peace talks.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) MARTIN GRIFFITHS, UN Special Envoy for Yemen
"The environment for discussions is fairly positive, despite what's happening on the ground and despite the fact that we did not of course get the opportunity to receive the Ansarullah (Houthis) delegation."
 
Griffiths didn't go into detail on why the Houthis did not show up, but said he doesn't take this as a "fundamental blockage" in the political process.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) MARTIN GRIFFITHS, UN Special Envoy for Yemen
"We will have similar consultations with Ansarullah (Houthis) – because one of the advantages of consultations is, that you don't actually need to be in the same room, you don't actually need to be in the same city. It's more convenient – it's what we planned, I don't want to underplay that – but we will go, and we will discuss with them the fruits of the discussions we've had here. So we will be going to Muscat and Sanaa to take up the issues that we will have discussed here. This is what I mean by, 'We have begun.'"
 
Media reports from Sanaa said the Houthis will not join peace talks in Geneva until their minute conditions are met. 
 
Another report said the Houthi delegation was stranded in Sanaa because the Saudi-led coalition, which controls the airspace, had not given them permission to fly.
 
On Friday,supporters of the Houthi rebels staged a protest in Yemen's capital of Sanaa, accusing the Saudi-led coalition of obstructing the Geneva negotiations.
 
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic): ABDULRHMAN AL-MOTAWAKIL, Sanaa Resident
"The Yemeni delegation is prepared to attend the negotiation in Geneva, it now faces real obstacle in its departure, there is no guarantees of going and returning to Yemen safely for the delegation, the delegation was prevented from arriving at Geneva."
 
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) MOJAB AL-WAALI, Sanaa Resident
"We do not think the Geneva negotiations will lead to anything, because of the procrastination and the failure to denounce war crimes in Yemen".
 
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic): ALI QASIM, Sanaa resident
"A decree was issued to form a delegation, and it was formed and prepared to travel and then arrived at the airport but no planes were arriving from those who have control over the flights from and to Yemen. They prevented the plane from carrying the delegation, proving that they are not with peace."