Riyadh- Details on regional and international efforts bent on finding a solution for the conflict tearing Yemen apart are indicating a positive outcome, sources close to Yemeni presidency told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. Uncovered details revolved around an effective cementation of ceasefire and the release of detainees.
Sources also revealed that the Houthis are demanding to partake half of authoritative posts in all of the government, army and national institutions.
Sources ruled out the possibility of any current hidden political settlement that is comprehensive. Any true settlement will strictly be based on the works of the Kuwaiti-held negotiations, U.N. Security Council’s resolutions for Yemen, especially U.N. resolution 2216.
U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed continues to carry out private meetings with the insurgency delegation discussing topics previously conferred with the government’s delegation. Meanwhile, the committee of the detainee and kidnapped continues to cooperate with the International Committee of the Red Cross as to look into the mechanisms of receiving the soon to be freed detainees.
Moreover British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is to press for more concerted action on the war-torn country of Yemen during a tour of the Gulf states. Mr. Hammond said Britain’s “strong relations” with Gulf states will enable them to “work together on regional challenges”, BBC news reported.
The foreign secretary will also be meeting the U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in Kuwait to underline U.K. support for the peace process in the country.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper Yemeni Minister of Information and Mass Media Mohammed Qubaty, expressed that the Houthis do not have any full intentions on cooperation after procuring proof of arm’s trafficking into the country.
“How can we trust that the other party at the negotiations had truly agreed to turn in arms, while it still strikes agreements with Iran on bringing more weapons into the country?” Qubaty said.