Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Houthi rebel group take part in a demonstration against the air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, on April 27, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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The U.N.'s outgoing special envoy to Yemen said Monday the parties there had been "very close" to reaching a political agreement before the current violence and that the main sticking point had been who would lead the Arab world's poorest country.Benomar spoke just after his final briefing to the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors."I told the Security Council that the collapse of the transition was not the fault of one side, but rather the result of accumulated mistakes and miscalculations made to varying degrees to all sides," he told reporters.Early this year, he had warned the council of Yemen's possible collapse.The current president of the U.N. Security Council, Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar, did not speak to Benomar's criticism of the council.
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