(AFP) – Talks among Yemen s authorities and rebels, locked in a devastating conflict for almost four years, opened Thursday as tension remained high despite what the UN envoy referred to as a "vital possibility".

Yemen s authorities and rebels doubled down on their rival needs Thursday, just moments before difficult-won consultations have been due to open in Sweden underneath the auspices of the United countries.

The talks will now not consist of negotiations on a method to the struggle among the Saudi-subsidized authorities of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Yemen s Huthi rebels, UN envoy Martin Griffiths advised newshounds.


one of the maximum impoverished nations within the world, the Arabian Peninsula state of Yemen is now domestic to what the UN calls the sector s worst humanitarian crisis, with 14 million people facing forthcoming mass starvation.

Peace not on time table

The talks were months within the making, with the UN sending its unique envoy to Sanaa to personally escort the insurrection delegation to Sweden. They are slated to closing for one week, in step with a supply in the UN.

"in the course of the approaching days we are able to have a important opportunity to provide momentum to the peace method," Griffiths advised reporters because the rival delegations gathered in Sweden.

"there may be a way we are able to remedy the struggle," Griffiths said, adding that the security Council changed into "united" in its support for a resolution to the warfare.

"remember those are consultations. We are not but starting the system of negotiations."

The negotiations mark the first attempt in years to dealer an end to the Yemen battle, which has killed as a minimum 10,000 humans due to the fact that Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the authorities s fight against the rebels in 2015.

Port, airport

fighters struck a far from conciliatory tone within the moments before the talks were because of open in Rimbo, Sweden -- a picturesque village some 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of Stockholm.

the top of the Huthi rebels  political council threatened Thursday to bar UN planes from the use of the Yemeni capital s airport unless the peace negotiations result in its complete reopening.

Sanaa international airport, placed in the rebellion-held capital, has been largely shut down for years. It's been the goal of air raids with the aid of the Saudi-led coalition, which additionally controls Yemeni airspace.

The Yemeni government right now hit returned, with the foreign ministry traumatic the rebels disarm and withdraw from the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, domestic to Yemen s most valuable port.

The Saudi-led coalition has led an offensive to retake Hodeida, the ultimate revolt stronghold on Yemen s purple coastline, for months, sparking fears for greater than 150,000 civilians trapped in the town as even hospitals have been seized through militants.

Griffiths stated the UN turned into willing to step in in Hodeida, an offer the Saudi-led coalition has rejected until the rebels withdraw absolutely from Yemen s western shoreline.

"The UN is willing if the events so desire to play a component inside the port and town. We d like to take Hodeida out of the war because ... It s the humanitarian pipeline to the relaxation of the usa," he said.

"We would really like to peer that airport open, but it wishes to be assessed," he said. "We d want to see progress on this."

international pressure to cease the Yemen war reached unparalleled heights in recent weeks, as all eyes became to Saudi Arabia s guidelines following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

assets on both sides said they would call for a ceasefire -- initiated by means of their rival -- and the opening of humanitarian corridors.

The authorities and Huthis on Tuesday stated they agreed to a prisoner switch, to be overseen by means of the worldwide Committee of the purple go, after the Sweden talks.

Saudi Arabia and its allies also allowed the Huthis to evacuate 50 wounded rebels from Sanaa for clinical remedy in Oman. Griffiths  plans to host talks in Geneva in September collapsed on the opening day after the rebels refused to go away the Yemeni capital, pronouncing they feared they could no longer be allowed to go back.