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International Community Tends to Cut Yemeni Central Bank Funds - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Cairo–For over 50 days, inter-Yemeni peace talks continue and still the conflict settlement suggested by U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed hasn’t been signed.

U.N. Envoy met with four members from each delegation, with whom he discussed the formation of military and security committees that will oversee withdrawals from the cities and submission of weapons.

According to information, the committees haven’t reached an agreement yet.

The government delegation suggested that members of the committees have no previous criminal records, a source from the delegation told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, stressing that the decision should be issued issued by President Abd Rabbou Mansour Hadi, the “legitimate president.”

The source further added that the insurgency delegation suggested forming the committees equally between both parties in addition to a conformity government, yet still they haven’t admitted the legitimacy of the president. He considered this as “returning to square one.”

According to the source, insurgents are diverting from the intended subject in an attempt to waste time. He added that this has gone so long and the international community must be more serious in its commitment towards Yemeni people.

Committee for Detainees and Prisoners resumed its activities and according to a statement issued by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed early Wednesday, the committee resumed its work in an attempt to achieve progress.

“Prisoners committee emphasized the need of respecting rights of detainees and allowing specialized organizations to visit places of detention,” the statement added.

Ould Cheikh welcomed the release of 57 detainees in Amran governorate and called parties to release more prisoners, especially political prisoners. He also urged parties to “make concessions in order to strike a comprehensive peaceful solution” to the conflict.

Government delegation told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that some of the released detainees by Houthis are convicted of criminal charges and others are citizens who were kidnapped by militias for disobeying the law.

The delegation added that militias tend to detain citizens for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the war or politics. In addition, till today, Houthis refuse to disclose any information about detainees, like journalists and human rights activists.

Government delegation confirmed their demand of immediate unconditional release of all prisoners. As for captives, they will be exchanged in accordance with international laws and agreements.

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper learned that the international community knows that the insurgents seized monetary reserve in the Central Bank, claiming it was for military purposes.

Information revealed that there is an inclination towards halting any funds to Central Bank that is controlled by the insurgents.

Sources indicated that Minister of Finances Monser al-Kaeiti met with ambassadors of the 18 countries in Kuwait. During the meeting, the minister presented the financial situation with utmost transparency, and tried to reveal the truth to some deluded members of the international community about the Central Bank.