UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked his special envoy to Yemen to postpone Geneva peace talks planned for May 28, though he hopes to convene negotiations aimed at ending the war as soon as possible, the United Nations said on Tuesday. “The secretary-general is disappointed that it has not been possible to commence such an important initiative at the soonest possible
date and reiterates his call for all parties to engage in United Nations-facilitated consultations in good faith and without preconditions,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. An aide to Yemen’s president had previously said the negotiations were postponed indefinitely. A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Iran-allied Houthi rebels for months and supporting Yemeni fighters opposing the Houthis in battle lines drawn across the country.