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Yemen peace talks set to begin in Sweden

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Peace talks between the delegation and Houthi rebels will begin on Thursday in aiming to end nearly four years of civil war in the Middle-Eastern country.

A UN team will work alongside delegations from both sides rebels at outside to enable talks expected to last a week, the reported.

Representatives of the internationally-recognized Yemeni government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition, flew to on Wednesday while UN accompanied the Iranian-backed to

Officials said the talks would be informal, through working groups.

"On some issues it will make sense for the two sides to sit together, on others they will discuss in separate groups," the reported citing officials.

The civil war in has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis in recent times. Thousands of people died in fighting and millions were pushed to the brink of

Talks are taking place for the first time since 2016. The last attempt at a negotiated peace collapsed in September when the failed to show up in

The UN, according to reports, hopes to come up with a framework for talks on what a future in will look like.

had earlier tweeted that the talks were "a true opportunity for peace".

The of the Houthi delegation, Mohammed Abdelsalam, vowed to "spare no effort to make a success of the talks" but also warned rebel fighters to remain "vigilant against any attempt at a escalation".

has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in early 2015, when the seized control of much of the west of the country and forced to flee abroad.

The UAE, and seven other Arab states intervened in an attempt to restore the government after being alarmed by the rise of a group they saw as an Iranian proxy.

At least 6,660 civilians have been killed and 10,560 injured in the fighting, according to the UN.

Thousands more civilians died from preventable causes, including malnutrition, and poor health.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 14:20 IST
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