Yemen peace talks start in Switzerland amongst regional and world powers

GENEVA: A ceasefire took hold in Yemen on Tuesday as United Nations-sponsored peace talks opened in Switzerland in a new push to end months of fighting that has killed nearly 6,000 people and dragged in foreign powers, a U.N. spokesman said. Army commanders and residents said the truce appeared to be largely holding despite some minor violations reported by both sides. The United Nations said it was preparing to deliver medicine and food to Yemen this week, taking advantage of the seven-day ceasefire to address one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. "It is you who will decide whether peace will prevail or Yemen will thrust further into darkness, tragedy and suffering," U.N. Secretary-General Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in opening remarks to delegates in Geneva. "Are you going to abandon Yemen and its people and lead the country into further violence and slaughter, or are you going to put Yemen first?," he said.(Reuters)