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Insurgency Delegation Persists with Hampering Yemeni Talks - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Kuwait- Deputy PM and Yemeni government delegation member Abdulaziz Ahmed Jabari told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Yemeni negotiations have been rendered stagnant due to Houthi delegation’s hampering of the political process.

A governmental source, which is well informed on the progress of the U.N. sponsored peace-making Yemeni negotiations, described the last session held between the two parties as heated with dispute.

U.N. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh, in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper confirmed that he gave the insurgency representative delegation until Monday morning (Today) to sign the agenda for the peace talks.

Yemeni peace talks are at a stumbling state-of-affairs, as a Yemeni governmental source revealed that the Sunday morning session was suspended after a fiery dispute took over.

The source emphasized that the dispute ignited after the agenda was put aside without being employed. U.N. Special Envoy Ahmed stressed on the necessity of taking the agenda seriously. The session also witnessed great support of the ceasefire and communication committee. Nevertheless, the Houthi delegation refused taking any step towards an end-of-war agenda.

The Houthi delegation exhibited a clear objection to any session being held in accordance to the agenda, the source added. Houthi representatives not only abstained from cooperating for a peace-making agenda, but also displayed shock when confronted with the report on daily military operations, which revealed all Houthi allegations concerning launched airstrikes to be false.

The report also illustrated documented violations to the ceasefire taking place in certain areas and cities, which were conducted by Houthi militias.

The Yemeni peace talks have been taking place frequently in Kuwait under U.N. sponsorship, yet with no evident progress. The current parties participating at the negotiations are the pro-legitimacy governmental delegation and the insurgency delegation representing Houthi militias and pro-Saleh followers (armed supporters of the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh).

Sunday’s session was convened despite the insurgency delegation’s refusal to attend at the common hall. The abstaining delegation argued that they have not received any instructions from supreme leadership to carry on with the negotiations.

U.N. Special Envoy Ahmed resorted to countries sponsoring the political settlement for Yemen. Information reveals that he had met with the ambassadors of Gulf countries as to update them on recent happenings at the Yemeni peace talks including the insurgency’s refusal of the arranged agenda for the negotiations.

Moreover, the Yemeni governmental source expressed utter surprise that the insurgency delegation has refused to sign a common statement which supports military operations launched against terrorist organizations present at the southern governorates of Abyan and Hadhramaut.