United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed answers journalists' questions during a press conference at the Information ministry in Kuwait City on April 26, 2016. / AFP / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
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The U.N.'s Yemen envoy Thursday hailed the "positive atmosphere" at crucial peace talks between the country's warring sides, as negotiations in Kuwait entered their second week without a major breakthrough.U.N. special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has held several rounds of talks with Shiite Huthi rebels and a government delegation over the past two days focusing on key issues. The main sticking point remains that the rebels want to discuss a political settlement before surrendering arms while the government delegation insists on the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolution 2216 .The government delegation also submitted a letter of "strong protest" to the U.N. envoy over alleged rebel cease-fire violations, especially in third city Taez, Matari said.
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