"The negotiations between the political forces in Yemen are postponed until January 14," the source stated Sunday.
The peace talks, which kicked on December 15, sought to establish a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels, secure improvements to the humanitarian situation in the country and pave the way to a peaceful and orderly political transition.
According to the source, the talks in the Swiss town of Biel ended without any final deal due to the failure to observe a truce between the warring parties to the Yemeni conflict.
Participants have managed to reach agreement on several contentious points, including the release of prisoners and the delivery of humanitarian cargo. However, the situation in the country is likely to hinder the negotiators’ efforts, he outlined.
A controversial issue in the talks was the proposal of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed handed to the Houthi rebels’ delegation to form a new unity government.
The official authorities’ opinions on the plan were divided, the source noted, adding that Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Mekhlafi, who headed the government delegation, voiced protest to the initiative.
A seven-day ceasefire between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis was enforced on Tuesday for the time of the intra-Yemeni talks in Switzerland, which were expected to continue until Monday.