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Mohammed Abdul-Salam (L), head of the Houthi delegation to scheduled peace talks in Kuwait, speaks at a news conference at Sanaa Airport, Yemen, April 20, 2016.
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Riyadh-The Yemeni insurgency delegation at the peace talks in Kuwait refused on Monday all proposals put forth by the U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed.

The proposals revolved around the military, security and humanitarian aspects of resolving the crisis in Yemen.

The insurgency continues to defy international will which ordered that the Kuwait2 Yemeni peace talks conclude in two weeks. On the other hand, the government delegation conceded to all conditions laid out by international forces which outline a solution for Yemen.

U.N.’s special envoy Ould Cheikh Ahmed had on Monday called on parties partaking at the peace consultations underway in Kuwait to take full-on and decisive decisions to encourage intentions for resolving the Yemeni crisis. The negotiations resumed in Kuwait under international sponsorship—the U.N. special envoy had also warned that it could be the last chance to peace in Yemen.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, other relevant resolutions, the GCC initiative and outcome of the national dialogue are fundamental to any solution in Yemen, according to Ould Chiekh Ahmed.

Head of the Houthi insurgency delegation Mohammad Abed al Salam told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that his party had met with the U.N. special envoy and expressed their take on the current situation.

“We now believe that the course of negotiations is unclear, as to the U.N. envoy altering the roadmap after our return to negotiations,” he said.

Abed al Salam ruled out the possibility of setting due date for the Kuwait-held peace talks, he predicted that they will be exclusively open.

Al Salam’s statements contradict with those of the U.N. envoy’s which had previously confirmed that the peace talks will conclude within the next two weeks.

In his statement, Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that the parties will meet in Kuwait for two additional weeks, during which they will focus on “maintaining cessation of combat actions in a full and comprehensive manner, activate the pacification committee and other commissions namely the military one tasked with overseeing fighters’ withdrawal, arms handover and opening safe passage routes for dispatch of humanitarian aid.”