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Yemen peace talks collapse in Geneva after Houthi no-show

Reuters , Saturday 8 Sep 2018
 Martin Griffiths
United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths walks in a hotel lobby before meeting the delegation of the Government of Yemen in Geneva, Switzerland September 7, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Yemen's Houthi movement failed to attend peace talks, but the U.N. Special Envoy said on Saturday that it did not represent a "fundamental blockage in the process" and that he would meet soon with their representatives in Sanaa and in Muscat, Oman.

"They would have like to get here, we didn't make conditions sufficiently correct to get them here", U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths told a news conference, declining to elaborate.

Agreement has been reached for medical evacuations from the Houthi-held Yemeni capital of Sanaa, to start in a week with a flight to Cairo, he said.

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