Aden- The Yemeni national delegation to peace talks expressed readiness to cooperate with U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in a quest to achieve peace and halt the bloodshed of the Yemeni people.
Houthis, on the other hand, refused to participate in peace talks unless two conditions were met – ceasing the coalition forces’ military operations and lifting the naval siege that is imposed on the weapons imports in line with U.N. Security Council resolutions.
In its statement, the delegation considered these conditions “a clear attempt to hurdle efforts of the U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen and the political solution sponsoring countries… This aggressive approach of the militias is ruining any chance to achieve peace and is increasing the agony of the Yemeni people.”
The delegation reiterated its stance towards reaching a political solution based on U.N. Resolution 2216, the National Dialogue Conference outcomes and the GCC Initiative.
The statement also noted that the Houthis are still besieging the cities, preventing the arrival of humanitarian aid and are targeting civilians. The statement said “the military and political escalation and the nefarious crimes against the Yemeni people and neighbors – plus the threat to international navigation – are all pieces of evidence that these militias are not supporters of peace.”
In the same context, high-ranking Yemeni political sources said that the Houthis in Sana’a began implementing a well-planned escalation policy to paralyze any political solution in the short-run without having directly to reject any proposal by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Sources added to Asharq Al-Awsat that the Houthi policy is managed by Tehran which is urging the insurgents to stir more conflicts and deceive the local and international public opinion by attributing the insurgents’ crimes to the Saudi-led coalition.