The United Nations Special Envoy of for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference after Yemen peace talks on June 19, 2015 at the U.N. offices at Geneva. AFP/FABRICE COFFRINI
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U.N.-sponsored talks in Geneva on a cease-fire between Yemen's civil war parties ended Friday without a deal as Saudi-led warplanes staged further strikes on the dominant Houthi armed faction and allies including the elite Republican Guard.U.N. special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that in five days of "proximity talks" – in which he shuttled between factions who refused to sit at the same table – the two sides agreed in principle on the need for a cease-fire and withdrawal of forces in keeping with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216 .Hadi's government has demanded that the Houthis, who are allied with Yemeni military units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, pull out of cities captured since last September as a precondition for a cease-fire.
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