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U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference at the information ministry in Kuwait City on May 15, 2016 (AFP Photo/Yasser al-Zayyat)

Aden – Yemen’s Ambassador to Washington, Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, said that the new peace roadmap, which was presented by the U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen, “contains several details that were not approved” by the country’s different political factions.

In an interview with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, the ambassador said that the new roadmap did not offer any solutions to the Yemeni problems, but instead, would “generate more crises and further conflicts”.

He added that while his government was committed to the establishment of peace, it would not tolerate any “formal” solution that neither resolves the core problem nor guarantees the withdrawal of militias from the cities and the release of prisoners and detainees.

“We believe that there are many details that have been overlooked in the current peace roadmap,” the Yemeni ambassador said.

Asked whether the Yemeni government has received a response from U.N. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed over its demands, the Yemeni official said that government’s delegation has submitted to the international envoy a comprehensive document that includes all its remarks and demands during his last visit to Aden.

“There is no use to hold new negotiations without the unconditional commitment to the outcome of national dialogue, the GCC Initiative and above all the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216,” he stated.

Asked about Washington’s position towards latest developments, the Yemeni ambassador said that the U.S. “clearly supports the legitimate government and works closely with it and with the international partners to bolster the efforts of the U.N. envoy to establish sustainable peace the war-torn country.”

He also stressed the importance of ongoing cooperation between the U.S. and Yemen in fighting terrorism in all its forms.

Commenting on the formation of a unilateral government by Houthi rebels, Bin Mubarak said that such step was a “clear disregard of all peace efforts”.