Asharq AlAwsat, Riyadh — Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister Abdulaziz al-Jabari said on Sunday that the United Nations special envoy for Yemen was “unfair for failing to point out at the rebels as the party that hampered the peace talks in Kuwait.”
During an interview with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Jabari said that the roadmap presented by U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed was approved and signed by the legitimate government’s delegation to Kuwait, but became void when Houthi rebels rejected it.
He added that any future negotiations, which would be held without true intentions for forging peace, would be a replica of the failed Kuwait talks.
On the other hand, Jabari stressed the need to support the country’s national army and popular resistance, noting that the rebels will not engage in serious negotiations unless they are defeated on the military level.
“As long as they impose military control over Sana’a and other provinces, as well as the Central Bank, they will remain uninterested with peace,” he said.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed is expected to hold a joint news conference on Monday with the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Madani, in Jeddah.
The U.N. envoy announced on Saturday a one-month suspension of peace talks between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels for resolving the conflict in the Arab country.
Speaking at a press conference in Kuwait, Ould Cheikh Ahmed said talks will be resumed within one month at a venue to be determined later.
The move came few days after the Houthi group and allied ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh named ten officials who would form a council to run the war-torn country. The rebels also refused to sign a roadmap proposed by the U.N. envoy in line with Security Council Resolution 2216.
Jabari said that Ould Cheikh Ahmed was not fair, as he failed to clearly admit that the rebels were the ones to hamper and harm the peace process.
“Ould Cheikh Ahmed should have said that the rebels had an intransigent attitude,” he added, noting that the Houthis failed to abide by the relevant international resolutions.
Jabari also said that the peace deal put forward by the U.N. envoy has become void, as the Houthis did not sign it within the deadline set by the legitimate government’s delegation.
In response to Jabari’s comments, a source close to the international envoy said that the envoy is known for his neutrality.
“The interest of Yemen and its people is the most important; this was and remains the envoy’s main concern,” the source added.