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Riyadh – Grave disputes widening the insurgency rift at the Yemeni peace talks, currently under way in Kuwait, has gone as far as both sides to the delegation showing up with a poles apart agendas.

The Insurgency delegation comprises Houthi insurgents and pro-Saleh supporters (armed groups following the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh). Houthis are a Shi’ite militant group who had captured much of Sana’a by late 2014. Reneging on a UN peace deal brokered in September same year

What is more is that insurgency agendas do not regard the Yemen’s best interest, rather they both promote far and foremost the profit of insurgency affiliated militia, said a well-informed source located at the Yemeni peace talks.

The source told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the insurgency is undergoing serious disputes, which reached a point of both sides losing trust in each other. Moreover, the pro-Saleh mission had sent to the source, in writing, that peace talks’ sponsors’ lack of concern towards the pro-Saleh party which is outweighed by deep care channeled into the Houthi delegation has been disheartening to the pro-Saleh delegation.

The Pro-Saleh delegation currently expressed deep fears on a solution being established for Yemen, in which it does not take part.

On the other had Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Yemen Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi commented on Houthi’s persistence on sharing Yemen’s authority saying “a huge gap is present between the negotiating parties; the government delegation discusses the return of statehood so that the security of all is restored. Meanwhile Houthis only weigh up power and demand a national accord government which apportions state authority,”

“ I am confound by how militias which have turned against state, destroyed institutions, violated the law and turned on the national army, still consider that sharing power in authority is a priority to the restoration of state,” said Al-Mekhlafi.

The government delegation, at the negotiations, relentlessly stressed the dire importance of committing to the UN Security Council resolutions and previously agreed upon standards for a solution. It also reiterated that any discussion conducted away from these referees is “rejected”.

The official delegation also called for the UN to oblige the Houthis and Saleh not to link the progress made in the committees’ discussions with the Houthis’ demand to form a government of which they are a part of.

In his latest update on the Yemeni peace talks, the United Nations envoy for the war-torn country, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, reported that the two delegations discussed proposals to bridge the gap between their respective visions, reaching consensus on some issues.

“Progress is being achieved, albeit at a relatively slow pace,” said UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ahmed.