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Yemeni Senior Presidential Advisor Yassin Makawi

Aden- Yemeni Senior Presidential Advisor Yassin Makawi loudly criticized proposals put forth on resolving the national crisis and putting an end to a coup ripping through the country. Makawi says that most outlines incite the continuation of violence, pleading that the international community closely examines proposals before approval.

I believe the international community- especially the United Nations envoy- must review proposals before giving out the green light to one of them, said Makawi.

U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh ought to go over previous tactics he paced on, particularly on the solution roadmap presented by former United States Secretary John Kerry.

Attending negotiations on behalf of the constitutional government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Makawi pointed out that the insurgency does not necessarily harbor intentions for achieving peace.

Largely composed of Iran-aligned Houthi rebels and loyalists backing ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the coup has partial to no self-determination, driven instead by Iran, Makawi told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Makawi believes that the coup militias’ persistent escalation of tension and refusal to positively interact with initiatives seeking to enforce U.N. Security Council resolutions (Resolution 2216) makes the future of a political settlement ambiguous and hard to materialize.

Houthi militias have targeted United Nations offices in Dhahran Al Janub, Saudi Arabia. Earlier this week, Houthi combatants attacked a Saudi frigate monitoring the maritime safety of the Red Sea.

The vessel navigating off the western coast of Yemen was attacked on Monday, with an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Makawi adds that evidence on the coup’s hostile nature is clear, urging the international community to appeal to drafts and documents previously presented by the Hadi administration which are detailed on the coup’s recent activities.

It goes without saying that Houthi militias are incapacitated when it comes to upholding peace, Makawi said. The group is bound by Iran-made decisions that are greatly fixed on destruction as a mean to attain a powergrab.

“The true danger threatening international peace is Iran—the same country that is tinkering around the safety of regional waters and meddling with the affairs of neighboring countries,” explained Makawi.

Makawi then advised that the international community acts decisively with such a threat (Iran) that can snowball into destabilizing the region further, undermining worldwide security.