Officials: Yemeni talks to be suspended after deadlock

AP , Monday 27 Jun 2016

Yemen Peace Talks
United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (2-L) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (2-R) posing for a picture following a meeting of the Yemeni Peace Talks with Yemeni delegations in Kuwait City June 27, 2016 (Photo: AFP)

Yemen's warring parties plan to suspend talks on ending more than a year of conflict after failing to reach a breakthrough.

Two negotiators representing Shia Houthi rebels and their allies, and one from the internationally-recognized government, told The Associated Press that the two sides on Monday were drafting a statement to announce that they will return to talks mid-July, following the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Iftar.

One of the negotiators, who is also a minister in the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, says "the return to the talks is meant to save face after reaching a deadlock."

The three spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The two sides have been holding talks in Kuwait since April.

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