Yemen's government has resumed talks in Kuwait with Shiite Houthi rebels despite its earlier threats to boycott the process.

The state-run Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, reports that the parties participated in the U.N.-led talks Saturday evening, after a roughly two-week hiatus.

Previous peace talks have failed to bridge the gap between the internationally-recognized and Saudi-backed government of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the rebels, who overran the Yemeni capital in late 2014.

The war in Yemen has killed some 9,000 people.

Hadi's negotiators are demanding the implementation of a U.N. Security Council resolution which stipulates the withdrawal of militias from all cities. The Houthis want a share of power in a transitional government.

KUNA quoted negotiators on Hadi's side as saying these are "last chance" peace talks.