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UN envoy stresses 'critical opportunity' as Yemen talks start

AFP  |  Rimbo (Sweden) 

Negotiations between and rebels, locked in a devastating war for nearly four years, opened Thursday in what UN called a "critical opportunity".

"During the coming days we will have a critical opportunity to give momentum to the peace process," Griffiths told reporters as the rival delegations gathered in

"There is a way we can resolve the conflict," Griffiths said, adding that the was "united" in its support for a resolution to the conflict.

"It will be done if there is a will to be make it happen."

The talks mark the first attempt in two years to an end to the conflict, which has killed at least 10,000 people since 2015 and triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Some 14 million people are at risk of in Yemen, according to the UN, as war, a failed economy and disease bring the Arab world's poorest states to its knees.

Talks between the Saudi-backed government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Yemen's Huthi rebels, linked to Riyadh's archrival Iran, have been months in the making, with the UN sending its to to personally escort the delegation to

They are slated to last for one week, according to a source in the UN.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 17:35 IST