OP-ED

Geneva Talks Were Designed To Fail

The ultimate results of the Geneva talks on Yemen sponsored by the UN are not surprising to many at all. In history, UN talks had never succeed in ending any country’s war, especially in Arab countries. Mostly, they have been used for illegitimacy and bringing people closer to death within its slogan of protecting people through humanitarian aid and ceasefires. The aid turned out to be good business for UN expansion and media promotion and the ceasefire never existed in a proper way.

What grabbed my attention here is the immediate call of the UN office for the need of $1.6 billion to help 21 million Yemeni people in need. This has come as a top priority in the Geneva agenda and it again tells that the intention was not to end the war in Yemen as much as to generate funds for its humanitarian business and then to discuss politics through different phases, much like Yemen’s National Dialogue in Sana’a.

Another historical mistake of Yemen Geneva talks was built on the UN’s welcome to both parties to attend the talks on behalf of their personal wishes and making solutions that did not take into consideration the people’s right for peace and stability in the country. This is selfish but it did not end here. The two parties who attend the talks have been focusing on what they want to have only. Flexibility for quick solutions was not there either.

I would say a tribal man who does not read or write from Yemen could have led the talks much better than the UN. Unfortunately, the hopes of Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, has been reached but there is no deal to be recorded.

Quite frankly, the two delegates did not give a chance for making any progress and this has become part of Yemeni politicians’ style in every political dialogue they join. The dialogue in Sana’a, Riyadh, Geneva or anywhere else will have the same conclusions since there is no serious wish from the international powers to end Yemen’s war as soon as possible.

If these talks continue with the same mentalities, no progress will happen and Yemen will never be much better than the Syrian example.

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  • Regarding Syria, this is what Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York had to say:

    "As long long as Syrian war lingers, there's no threat to Israel. This is a playoff situation in which you need both teams to lose, but at least you don’t want one to win — we’ll settle for a tie. Let them both bleed, hemorrhage to death. That’s the strategic thinking here. As long as this lingers, there’s no real threat from Syria."

    Same logic applies to Yemen! The West, guided by America desires the weakening, the destruction and the break up of all Arab countries. Why? It is easier to control the Arabs and their resources.