The beginning of a UN-mediated ceasefire in Yemen on April 10
comes at a critical time for Yemeni, Gulf Arab, and UN diplomats. For the first time since December 2015, the warring parties are preparing for the resumption of comprehensive, face-to-face peace talks. As it stands, the talks have already been delayed
due to ongoing fighting. Delegations representing the Houthis and supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh did not arrive at the talks on Monday, accusing the Saudi-led coalition of not abiding by the April 10 ceasefire. UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheik Ahmed, in the meantime, is trying to salvage the diplomatic process for an opening round of talks later this week.