Al Mukalla: The Yemen government has said that it has not officially been presented with a draft peace agreement to end the war in the country from the United Nations envoy.
According to media reports, Al Houthis and their allies say the new proposal includes the resignation of Yemeni president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which a government minister categorically rejected in comments to Gulf News.
UN envoy Esmail Ould Shaikh Ahmad said on Tuesday that he handed over “a written road map that addresses security and political arrangements” to Al Houthis and supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh aimed at ending more than a year of conflict.
The rebel forces have not decided on the fresh proposal, but some of their affiliates said on social media that the new proposal includes resignation of internationally recognised president Hadi after a handover of power to a new vice president and prime minister. The rebel forces have long loathed Hadi and his deputy Ali Mohsin Al Ahmar, their long-standing arch enemy who fought six wars against them.
The deal reportedly also suggests the formation of a team of international observers to supervise the militias’ withdrawal. It proposes a one- to two-year transitional period paving the way for presidential elections.
Mohammad Al Qubati, minister of tourism, said the government is yet to be officially notified about the plan, adding that any new proposal would have to be compatible with previous suggested initiatives during the last round of peace talks in Kuwait to be acceptable.
“All of these initiatives call for Al Houthis to withdraw before tackling the political arrangements. Any proposals outside the framework of the GCC peace initiative, the National Dialogue Conference or the UN Security Council 2216 would not be accepted.” Al Qubati told Gulf News over the phone from Aden.
The minister described Al Houthis’ talk about Hadi’s resignation as “misleading”, adding that the government would not accept discussing transfer of power before ending Al Houthis’ coup.
After ending his three-day visit to Al Houthi-held Sana’a, the UN envoy urged warring factions in Yemen to “fully and swiftly support political alternatives to secure lasting peace guided by a conviction that violence is never a viable solution”.
Shortly after the departure of the UN envoy from Sana’a, Al Houthis on Tuesday shelled the province of Marib, the base of the government and coalition forces, with an unprecedented number of ballistic missiles. Residents in Marib said that the Saudi-led coalition’s air defence intercepted seven ballistic missiles aiming at populated military camps of government army or the coalition.
“We really feel appreciative to the coalition’s patriot systems for protecting the city of Marib from Al Houthi missiles.” Ali Al Shabwani, a tribal leader, told Gulf News from Marib. The rebel forces have resorted to bombarding the government-controlled provinces with ballistic missiles after failing to make headway on the ground, Al Shabwani said.