Yemen: Appointment in Khamir

The dusty, mud-walled village of Khamir would rate no stars in any tourist's guide. It lacks water, hotels and electricity. Yet last week delegates poured into town from all directions, bouncing in trucks or on camels.

They were answering the summons of republican Premier Ahmed Noman to a peace conference that would seek an end of Yemen's bloody 32-month civil war between the republicans, supported by a 48,000-man Egyptian expeditionary force, and the royalist mountain tribes backing the deposed Imam Badr and supplied by Saudi Arabia and Britain.

Trucked Water. There were no polished tables neatly set with pads and pencils;...

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