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Insurgency is Vying to Control Al-Anad and Fardat Nahim | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Men standing by a crater in Sanaa, Yemen. AFP/Mohammed Huwais

Cairo – Arab Diplomatic sources revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be visiting Kuwait in the upcoming days. Ki-moon is expected to be informed of the latest updates of the inter-Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait.

This will be Ki Moon’s last visit to the region.

The government’s delegation in Kuwait insisted on the adoption of U.N. Resolution 2216 that anyone who has been involved in war crimes must be alienated from the political scene. Whereas, the insurgency delegation fiercely refuses to accept any attempt to avoid a war in Yemen through a national unity government.

Negotiations are approaching a significant stage as the U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed prepares to officially present his solution roadmap.

A high-ranking source at the delegation told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper: “We informed the U.N. Envoy that any kind of political partnership won’t be discussed unless the insurgents commit to U.N. resolution 2216.”

The source added that the delegation won’t cooperate with those who committed crimes or had international sanctions issued on their behalf. He added that once all those mentioned in U.N. resolution are convicted, including Ali Abdulallah Saleh and Abdul Malik al-Houthi, a partnership is possible.

“Political future of Yemen should be free of those who committed crimes,” he commented.

According to the source, the government delegation officially informed Ould Sheikh of these conditions in addition of militias transitioning into a political party that abides by the law of parties and political organizations.

Meanwhile, another high-ranking source at the Yemeni Resistance revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the insurgents will try to reach certain military strategic goals before reaching a political agreement in Kuwait. This comes at a time when Houthi militias have intensified their attacks in al-Jawf, Saada and other districts.

According to the source, Houthi militias are “dying” to seize the al-Anad Military Base in Lahij and Fardat Nahim. He added that even if they signed the peace agreement, they will try to take control of those two areas.

The source also confirmed that Yemeni National Army Forces, Popular Resistance, and Coalition Forces received information about the Houthis’ plan. He added that the army and coalition have a counter plan to advance towards the capital.

During the past few days, National Army Forces and Popular Resistance foiled several attempts by Houthi militias to advance in Sanaa and Lahij.