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Yemeni politicians say UN peace talks between exiled government, rebels indefinitely postponed

  • Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike targeted a military base in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Fighting raged on in Yemen on Sunday, with airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hitting rebel targets in multiple cities, including the capital, while street battles in the city of Taiz killed several civilians. (Photo/Shohdi Alsofi)

    Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike targeted a military base in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Fighting raged on in Yemen on Sunday, with airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hitting rebel targets in multiple cities, including the capital, while street battles in the city of Taiz killed several civilians. (Photo/Shohdi Alsofi)  (The Associated Press)

  • People carry the body of a man who was killed during clashes between tribal fighters loyal to the exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Shiite rebels known as Houthis in the western city of Taiz, Yemen, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Security officials said fighting is raging on in Yemen, with airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hitting Shiite rebel targets in multiple cities, including the capital, Sanaa, while street battles in Taiz have killed several civilians. (AP Photo/Abdulnasser Alseddik)

    People carry the body of a man who was killed during clashes between tribal fighters loyal to the exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Shiite rebels known as Houthis in the western city of Taiz, Yemen, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Security officials said fighting is raging on in Yemen, with airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hitting Shiite rebel targets in multiple cities, including the capital, Sanaa, while street battles in Taiz have killed several civilians. (AP Photo/Abdulnasser Alseddik)  (The Associated Press)

Three senior Yemeni politicians say a United Nations peace conference set to take place at the end of the month has been indefinitely postponed.

The talks, scheduled in Geneva for May 28, were an attempt to reach a political settlement and end the country's armed conflict between Shiite rebels known as Houthis and Yemen's embattled internationally recognized government now in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Three officials from Houthi, socialist and unionist parties said late Sunday they were notified about the postponement and that no new date had been set. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

Houthis backed the talks, though Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had demanded the rebels withdraw from cities they seized before going to the talks.