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Insurgency Delegation Hampers Yemeni Peace Talks | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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UN Secretary General Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed opens with delegations from Sanaa at the Yemen peace talks in Switzerland Tuesday,UN- Reuters

Kuwait- Ongoing deliberations that have commenced among Yemeni parties yesterday are yet to succeed in accomplishing an accord on corroborating the current ceasefire. The insurgency delegation proved to be extremely opinionated and would obstruct negotiations from proceeding through holding on to their argument on all reconnaissance flights ending operations prior to fixating ceasefire.

Sources attending the deliberations in Kuwait, told Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that the U.N. special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, after concluding the evening sessions, had paid a visit to all 18 international ambassadors assigned by countries sponsoring the political process in Yemen. U.N. envoy Ahmed decided on discussing the topic of Houthi militias clogging the headway of the peace talks with the ambassadors.

Peace talks have now entered a very decisive curve; sources from within the sessions of deliberations say that the insurgency’s delegation has laid forth a score of conditions which they are not willing to compromise. The talks have officially entered a difficult state-of-affairs, sources added.

Moreover, the insurgency delegation –comprising Houthi militia representation and pro-Saleh supporters (armed followers of the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh) – refuses to abide by the agenda on the activities planned for the negotiations, nor is it willing to commit on implementing prior agreements.

The insurgency’s persistent misconduct at the peace talks threatens the entirety of the peace-making process, and downsizes all international efforts directed at stopping war and establishing permanent peace in Yemen.

Yesterday’s deliberations headlined the necessity of reinforcing current ceasefire so that it becomes sustainable.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s National Army, Special Forces and the Popular Resistance Forces were capable of restoring Zinjibar, capital of the Zinjibar district located in south-central Yemen in the Abyan governorate, to the legitimate government’s control.

Six hours after launching a comprehensive military campaign from Aden to cleanse the Abyan governorate from terrorist groups, the capital was 70 percent cleared of extremists.