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Houthi Rebels Insist on Forming Government…Legitimate Government Delegation Submits Comprehensive Withdrawal Vision | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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President Hadi Mansour in a meeting with representatives for Tihamah citizens

Riyadh-The three committees, which emanated from Yemeni Peace talks in Kuwait, have continued holding their meetings without achieving any progress; especially politically.

The committee responsible for restoring the state and preparing for the resumption of political dialogue concluded its meeting on Wednesday without any outcome as the rebels’ delegation insisted on its request to participate in a national unity government and executive authority in Yemen before implementing U.N. resolution 2216.

The U.N. resolution 2216 stipulates ending the coup against the legitimate government, handing over heavy and light arms, and withdrawing from cities and institutions.

A source from the Yemeni talks said: “Rebels continued their refusal to agree on a general united framework, clear agenda, or fixed references for the talks; thus, contradicting the references assigned by the United Nations and represented in U.N. resolution 2216, the Gulf initiative and its execution mechanism, and the outcomes of the national dialogue.”

The source accused Houthi rebels’ delegation of “wasting time in order to deploy and impose themselves on ground.”

In the framework of the government’s delegation positive approach in handing the talks in Kuwait, the delegation’s members in the security committee submitted the vision of the legitimate government on the withdrawal operation and arms’ handover.

The general principles of the vision, which Asharq Al-Awsat got a copy of, focused on U.N. resolution 2216, the related resolutions, Gulf initiative, and the outcomes of the national dialogue.

Moreover, the vision also included some verdicts and articles including: “withdrawal of the Houthis and their allies from the camps and ministries, military sites and points, public properties and major roads; in addition to providing secure exit for the people who will withdraw so they can head toward their villages after handing over the weaponries, no armed groups or rebels are allowed to be present, and only the government is responsible for the security.”

The vision also included executive mechanisms that suggest forming a military and security committee concerned with the rebels’ withdrawal and their arms’ handover. These committees are to be formed following a presidential order that allows them to perform their duties with the help of international inspectors.

Among the tasks entrusted by the committee are: “supervising the withdrawal from the Yemeni capital, provinces, cities, departments, and villages as the military leaderships in each of these areas will receive all weaponries and military equipment from the militias and the military elements that participated in the fight and supervise the withdrawal of Houthi militias and their allies and the so-called revolutionary committees from the government’s institutions.”

The vision also confirms that this committee shall ask for aid from Yemeni peacekeepers and requires the government to submit records for all the weapons, machinery, and equipment it receives.

It included a suggestion regarding executive procedures that should be taken to limit the withdrawal to 48 hours after the deal comes into force.