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U.N. sponsored Yemen talks begin

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 01:50

Delegations from Yemen are in Geneva for peace talks, but so far both sides have yet to show signs of compromise. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As Yemenis in the capital Sanaa dig out from Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, delegates from the Shi'ite Houthis and embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi are in Geneva for U.N. peace talks. U.N. Secretery-General Ban Ki-Moon said he hopes the talks can secure peace for at least two weeks to allow life-saving supplies into Yemen. But Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassin dismissed the possibility of a ceasefire anytime soon. (SOUNDBITE) (English) YEMENI FOREIGN MINISTER, RIAD YASSIN, SAYING: "We give them a chance before couple of weeks, for six days, and they use it to exaggerate their offense, attacks against the civilians." More than 2,600 people have been killed since the coalition began airstrikes in March. Houthi representative Seif al Washli said the talks are already in doubt. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HOUTHI REPRESENTATIVE SEIF AL WASHLI SAYING: "Expectations for these meetings are not great. To this point, Saudi Arabia seems determined to continue this war and their desire to continue their aggression on Yemen and there are no signs that it has any intentions to stop this aggression." In Sanaa, war-weary Yemenis say they simply want the airstrikes to end. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SANAA RESIDENT, NOURIA NAJI, SAYING: "First and foremost, we are hoping that the aggression and the daily airstrikes stop so that we ourselves can get more excited and optimistic about the Geneva talks, but we haven't seen any encouraging signs." Those signs are far from reach, as analysts say neither side appears ready to compromise.

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U.N. sponsored Yemen talks begin

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 01:50