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Supporters of Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and allies of the Houthis at a rally against the Saudi-led intervention, Sanaa, Yemen, March 26, 2016 (AP photo by Hani Mohammed).

Despite Cease-Fire Talks, Peace Is Far Off in Yemen’s Many-Sided War

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Good news has been in desperately short supply in Yemen over the past year. So reports of a U.N.-brokered cease-fire and peace talks aimed at bringing an end to a civil war that has devastated what was already the Arab world’s poorest country should have been well received. Instead, they were met with skepticism, and with good reason. After a year of brutal war, Yemen is hardly ripe for peace.

Last week in New York, the U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced that the “parties to the conflict” had agreed to a countrywide cease-fire, due to begin on April 10, and that peace talks would resume in Kuwait on April 18. An inconclusive first round of peace talks were held in Switzerland in December 2015; an earlier attempt at talks in June of 2015 ended in acrimony before delegates had met face-to-face. ...

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