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Yemen: Criticism against Rebels’ Government, U.N. Envoy Calls it 'Unnecessary Obstacle to Peace' - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Aden – The Yemeni presidency on Tuesday strongly condemned a declaration by Houthi rebels and their allies to form a “national salvation government” in the war-torn country.

The country’s presidential leadership stressed its strong rejection of this illegal government that is deemed a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions, adding that such measure would derail the U.N.-backed peace process.

“The creation of an illegal government in Sana’a shows that rebel forces are heading forward in undermining all the international efforts exerted to find a peaceful solution to end the suffering of the people and achieve stability in the country,” the Yemeni presidency said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the United Nations criticized the establishment of Yemen’s “national salvation” government by the Houthi movement and its allies that were sworn in by the Supreme Political Council in the country’s capital of Sanaa.

U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed referred to it as “a new and unnecessary obstacle” for peace talks, according to a statement released on Tuesday.

“Yemen is at a critical juncture. The actions recently taken by Ansarullah and the General People’s Congress will only complicate the search for a peaceful solution,”
the international envoy said in a statement.

“The parties must hold Yemen’s national interests above narrow partisan ambitions and take immediate steps to end political divisions and address the country’s security, humanitarian and economic challenges,” he added.

The statement also said: “I ask the representatives of Ansarullah and the General People’s Congress to re-think their approach and demonstrate their commitment to the peace process with concrete actions.”

Yemen’s deputy premier and minister of foreign affairs, Abdul Malak Al-Mekhlafi, called on the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the U.N. to condemn the “new coup perpetrated by Houthi militias.”