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Yemen Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva After Houthi No-show

Yemen peace talks in Geneva collapsed after three days of waiting for the Houthi movement delegation, but the United Nations envoy vowed to press ahead with diplomacy.

Martin Griffiths said the Houthi's failure to come to Geneva for the first talks in three years was "the elephant in the room", but did not signify the peace process was deadlocked.

Griffiths, who held three days of talks with a Yemeni government delegation, said he would meet in coming days with the Houthi leadership in Sanaa and Muscat.

The Houthi group said on Friday it was still waiting for the united nations to guarantee that the flight carrying its delegation to Geneva would not be inspected by Saudi coalition forces and could evacuate some of its wounded.