Dr Mohammed Al-Aamiri, the Yemeni presidential adviser and a member of the government’s delegation participating in the Kuwait consultations said that talks scheduled to take place on the 18th of April in Kuwait will focus strictly on the application of UN resolution 2216 which is still valid. He ruled out the need for a new resolution before the implementation of previous resolutions.
In an exclusive statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Aamiri said that the government has drawn up a vision to end the coup and will present ways of implementing resolution 2216 that focus on restoring state institutions and weapons that were looted. Ways of implementing confidence building measures such as lifting the siege on cities and the release of hostages; matters that the UN envoy to Yemen has already discussed, will be also be presented. He explained that “There isn’t a draft for the consultations except for ways of implementing the Security Council resolution, and this is why we are going”.
Al-Aamiri added that a military committee has devised a ceasefire monitoring system and will allocate tasks to local committees which will be supervised by governors appointed by the government. Experts from the United Nations will also be present as “the legitimate government knows very well that the rebels will not abide by the truce as usual but will go along with the peace plan despite that.” He added that “Despite this, the government will proceed with the Kuwait consultations to find a way of achieving peace for its people and we assure the world that we did not choose war and that the militias imposed it on us by upheaving state institutions.”
In the meantime, the Arab coalition carried out air raids on places controlled by Al-Qaeda in the Yemeni city of Al-Mukalla, the capital city of the Hadhramaut coastal province on Friday.