UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations says a delegation of Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels has left Djibouti and is flying to Geneva on a U.N.-chartered plane to take part in talks aimed at ending the Yemen conflict.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the plane left Djibouti at 7:10 p.m. local time Monday evening and is scheduled to arrive in Geneva in the early hours Tuesday morning.
Houthi leader Zif al-Shami said earlier the delegation might return to Yemen's capital Sanaa after Egypt refused to allow it to land at Cairo airport, a charge Cairo denied.
Dujarric said there were "aviation issues" beyond the U.N.'s control.
"We're just glad they're on their way," he said.
The Houthis missed a meeting Monday with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who was returning to New York.