Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has refused to adopt a peace plan proposed by the United Nations, which includes Hadi’s retirement, local media reported on Thursday.
Hadi handed a letter to UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed stating the government’s refusal to UN’s proposition when the two had a meeting in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, the Saba news agency reported.
The president also thanked the UN envoy for his efforts and assured him that the government is willing to take part in the peace process in the country.
UN’s proposed plan implied the retirement of Hadi and his vice-president in exchange for Houthi rebel’s withdrawal from the territories they currently control.
Before Ahmed visited the country, the Yemeni government called on the envoy to change the plan which reflects the UN Security Council resolution 2216, implying the withdrawal of Houthi forces from the territories they seized without any preconditions.
Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war between the Hadi government and the Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, which is backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Saudi Arabi-led coalition, which includes mostly Gulf countries, has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi at Hadi’s request since March 2015. In August, peace talks failed when the Houthis refused to support a proposal by the UN special envoy that involves the rebels laying down arms and building a unity government.
At least 13 million civilians are in need of immediate aid in the country, according to the UN.
According to a report by BBC, civilians in parts of Taiz, located in south-western Yemen, are growing used to cutting between houses and sticking close to walls to move around the city, as snipers hunt the streets and open spaces, and bullets fly without any warning.