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    Houthis Ready for New Talks With Yemeni Gov't, but No Longer Trust UN

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    The Houthis are ready for new peace talks with the Yemeni government to resolve the long-lasting conflict, though they do not trust the United Nations anymore, a member of the Houthi Ansar Allah political movement told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He highlighted that the Houthis would participate in the talks in any case as they sought to present their suggestions to the other side of the conflict.

    "We are ready to enter any new round of negotiations, whether it will take place in Kuwait, Muscat, or Geneva… but whether it will be focused on a solid and sustainable solution against the Saudi-US aggression toward Yemen — we doubt, we are not sure and do not trust anymore the UN, as well as initiatives suggested by the International Quartet and others," the Houthi member said.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a violent conflict between the government headed by Hadi and the Houthi movement backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh since 2014.

    • A woman sits next to her malnourished baby at a therapeutic feeding center in a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. There have been numerous reported cases of dying from starvation in Yemeni hospitals.
      A woman sits next to her malnourished baby at a therapeutic feeding center in a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. There have been numerous reported cases of dying from starvation in Yemeni hospitals.
      © AP Photo/ Hani Mohammed
    • A pro-government fighter walks at the site of recent battles between Houthi fighters and pro-government troops , on the second day of a 48-hour ceasefire in the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen November 20, 2016
      A pro-government fighter walks at the site of recent battles between Houthi fighters and pro-government troops , on the second day of a 48-hour ceasefire in the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen November 20, 2016
      © REUTERS/ Anees Mahyoub
    • Tribesmen hold their weapons as they attend a tribal gathering to show support to the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen November 10, 2016.
      Tribesmen hold their weapons as they attend a tribal gathering to show support to the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen November 10, 2016.
      © REUTERS/ Khaled Abdullah
    • Men inspect the site of an airstrike which witnesses said was by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall where a wake for the father of Jalal al-Roweishan, the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government, was being held, in Sanaa, Yemen October 8, 2016.
      Men inspect the site of an airstrike which witnesses said was by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall where a wake for the father of Jalal al-Roweishan, the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government, was being held, in Sanaa, Yemen October 8, 2016.
      © REUTERS/ Khaled Abdullah
    • Member of the Specialized Criminal Prosecution Rajeh Zayed (L) responds to a call during a visit by human rights activists to a community hall that was struck by an air strike during a funeral on October 8, in Sanaa, Yemen, October 16, 2016
      Member of the Specialized Criminal Prosecution Rajeh Zayed (L) responds to a call during a visit by human rights activists to a community hall that was struck by an air strike during a funeral on October 8, in Sanaa, Yemen, October 16, 2016
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    A woman sits next to her malnourished baby at a therapeutic feeding center in a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. There have been numerous reported cases of dying from starvation in Yemeni hospitals.

    Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request. Peace talks failed in August after the Houthis refused to support a road map proposed by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ahmed that involves the rebels laying down arms and the setting up of a unity government.

    The Yemen Quartet for peace comprises the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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