Leaders of the Yemeni army yesterday stressed that they are inclined to taking military action against the Houthi rebels and those loyal to the ousted president Saleh, a day after the UN’s special envoy for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed confirmed at the Security Council that Yemeni parties have rejected the road map to resolve the dispute that he recently presented.
The Yemeni Army Chief of Staff Major General Mohammed Ali Al-Miqdashi said that armed forces and the Popular Resistance are insistent on entering the capital Sana’a and ending the coup with a military settlement after peace efforts failed. Al- Miqdashi said that legitimate forces would seize heavy and medium weapons from the militias by force if they refused to accept a peaceful option based on proper rules that protect the state, legitimacy and Yemeni institutions and safeguard the dignity and freedom of all Yemenis.
During a visit to inspect the front lines in the district of Nuhum, eastern Sana’a, the Chief of Staff explained that the government is seeking peace in accordance with sound principles that will prevent the outbreak of wars in the future. Al-Miqdashi added that the initiative put forward by Ould Cheikh was not welcomed by the political leadership because it gave the rebels the right to continue with their coup.
President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi refused to accept Ould Cheikh’s plan at a meeting in Riyadh under the pretext that its points did not concentrate on the three points of reference that are recognised by the international community. These include the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanisms, the outputs of the national dialogue and the relevant UN resolutions, especially resolution 2216.
Meanwhile, leaders, officers and soldiers in the seventh military region yesterday refused any compromises and initiatives that do not meet the expectations of the Yemeni people as part of a real and lasting peace. Soldiers and officers in Nuhum confirmed their full support for President Hadi and his government, and their willingness to move forward in the battle to liberate Sana’a.