War-weary civilians protesting in Yemen, calling on the UN for action to end a civil war that's pushed the country to the brink of famine. And killed at least 10,000 people, the hopes for much anticipated peace talks now hang in the balance.>> To reactivate the peace process, as I say.
>> One side has failed to show up in Geneva, with the Saudi-backed Yemen government delegation. Warning that it'll leave Friday, if representatives of the Iran-aligned Houthi Movement are a no show. Reuters', Tom Miles, had said it would be a slow start.>> The UN Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, whose mediating the talks, said he wants this to be what he calls, consultations.
Not full peace talks themselves, but like a first step on the road towards getting back to the proper negotiating table.>> The consultations will focus.>> So his idea at the outset, is to have the two sides try to build some trust and confidence between them. To find some way of coming together to send some signal to the Yemeni people and to the world, that they can actually work together.
He says, they don't need to be in the same room to begin with necessarily, but the idea is to get them talking. To get them warmed up, and to get them to agree on something, the big worry in the war. Is that the Saudi-led coalition could be on the brink of launching an assault on the port city of Hodeidah.
Which is really the lifeline for Yemen, Yemen has very little of its own food and medicines, it has to import everything. And Hodeidah has been serving as an aid hub, the reason for optimism. Is that the UN Security Council is united in backing this effort, and that means obviously, Russia, China, the United States.
And Britain and France, all the permanent members, who so often we see divided on major issues. Here, they're all pushing in the same direction, and they all seem to want to have a deal.>> There'll be no talks Friday, the International Envoy now trying to persuade the Houthi's to come to the Swiss city.