SANAA, Yemen – Yemen's warring parties have confirmed their willingness to resume negotiations after a two-year hiatus, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen said as fights were fought over an important port city on the country's west coast.  Martin Gotiths said on the radio of the United Nations late Thursday that he plans to bring the Shiite rebels of Yemen, known as Houthis, and the country's internationally recognized government, backed by a Saudi coalition, to the negotiating table within the next few weeks bring at the latest.
He said he hopes the UN Security Council will come up with a plan next week and present it to Yemenis.
Griffiths has spoken with both sides to prevent a total bloodbath in Hodeida is a lifeline for the Yemeni Population.
He visited Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden, and met with the Houthis chief negotiator, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, expecting that more talks would be held over the next few days Houthi's side on the beginning of the negotiations.
Griffiths paused the fighting on Friday for "the discussions that we had with the parties." [19659007AtthebeginningofthismonthYemenigroupsofcoalitionundertheleadershipofSaudiArabiasupportedanoffensivetore-conquerHodeidazfightersconcentratedonandaroundtheairportandthreatenedthehumanitariansituationLechtern
Aid agencies have repeatedly expressed concern that prolonged fighting could bring the port to a standstill and possibly starve millions. The Houthis offered to persuade the United Nations to administer the port of Hodeida until a "truce" was achieved in the rebel city. This was accepted by both sides, Griffiths added, adding that the role of the United Nations would begin "once the parties formally agree."
The civil war in impoverished Yemen has been unbroken since March 2015.
Thousands gathered in the capital, Sana'a, to protest the coalition's offensive on Hodeida. The protest lasted about an hour and the protesters chanted slogans condemning the attack and called on the international community to end the war. The Houthi rebels seized Sanaa in September 2014 and evicted Hadi's government.
Yemen was on the verge of starvation as a result of the Patt war, which has left some two-thirds of Yemen's 27 million people in need of help, and more than 8 million people are at risk of starvation.