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Yemen foes discuss military pullouts, arms handovers: UN

Kuwait City Yemen's government and Iran-backed rebels have discussed the crucial issues of military withdrawals, the handover of weapons and the restoration of state institutions during peace talks, the UN said on Thursday. Negotiators on Wednesday also debated the logistical details of a release of prisoners and detainees announced a day earlier, UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement. It was their third day of consecutive face-to-face meetings -- the longest run yet in the three-week-old talks."Parties began to present their visions on the withdrawals and the handover of weapons, especially mechanisms of withdrawal and assembling of forces," Ould Cheikh Ahmed said. He did not say if the teams made any progress on these issues, which are central to any peace settlement in the impoverished Arab nation. A working group focused on political issues meanwhile discussed"specific aspects for the restoration of state institutions and the resumption of the political dialogue," Ould Cheikh Ahmed said. (afp)


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