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Yemen was: UN-backed peace talks set to begin in Sweden



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Media caption The UN says Yemen is on the brink of the world's worst famine in 100 years if the war continues

UN-sponsored peace talks at nearly nearly

A UN team wants to work alongside delegations from the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels at Johannesberg's castle outside.

Thousands of people have died in the fighting and have been forced into the brink of starvation.

The last attempt at a negotiated peace collapsed in September when the Houthis failed to show up in Geneva.

What is happening?

The latest talks are not expected to deliver a breakthrough. Red Sea port of Hudaydah Where thousands of civilians are trapped.

The UN hopes to come to terms with all of this A future political solution in Yemen wants to look like.

Officials said the talks ̵

1; which are expected to be a week – would be informal, through working groups.

"On some issues it wants to make sense for the two sides to sit together, on others they will discuss separate groups," one source told the BBC.

Representative of the internationally recognised government – which is backed by a Saudi-led military coalition – flew to Sweden on Wednesday. A day earlier, UN special envoy Martin Griffiths had received the Iranian-backed Houthis to Stockholm.

Small steps towards peace

Analysis by BBC chief correspondent Lyse Doucet at the talks

So deep Martin Stewart's

Confidence-building measures which made this happen, including a commitment from both sides to release hundreds of prisoners, have been called a "huge step".

Stockholm is about small steps. There will not be talk of ceasefire, even around the key port of Hudaydah, Yemen's lifeline. The language is of de-escalation and restraint.

Hudaydah from the Houthis is the best way to bring this to an end. [Houthis aligned to Iran are digging in.]

Mr Griffiths wants them to start, at least, start talking about a different future, and start taking steps. Yemen desperately needs to avert even greater disaster. But the logic of silence was prevails, and tragically so.

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UN envoy Martin Griffiths, (center) received the Houthi delegation to Sweden
                

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The isle of Johannesberg Castle, north of Stockholm, where the talks will take place
                

Abdullah al-Alimi tweeted that the talks were "a true opportunity for peace."

The head of the Houthi delegation, Mohammed Abdelsalam, vowed to "save no effort to make a success."

In the build-up to the talks, Mr Griffith's successfully negotiated the evocation of 50 wounded Houthis to Oman for treatment.

19659004] The coalition said the move had taken place in Sweden.

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in early 2015, when Abdullbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad.

Intervened with the Iranian proxy, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and seven other Arab states in an attempt to

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The war had a devastating effect on the civilian population
                

At least 6,660 civilians have been killed and 10,560 injured in the fighting, according to the United Nations. Thousands more civilians have died from preventable causes, including malnutrition, disease and poor health.

The World Health Organization warned in October that about 10,000 new suspected cases of cholera have now been reported every week.


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