Yemen rebel-allied party says ready for UN-brokered peace
Ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party, allied with Shiite Huthi rebels, announced Wednesday it has accepted a United Nations plan to end the country’s seven-monthold conflict.
The announcement on the General People’s Congress party website, almotamar. net, comes as U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed holds secret talks with GPC and Huthi representatives in neutral Oman.
The party’s secretary general, Aref Zouka, has sent a letter to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon stating the GPC is “committed to implementing the seven points set in coordination with the U.N. envoy” to end the conflict, it said.
Under the plan, the GPC would accept U. N. Security Council Resolution 2216 under an “implementation mechanism that would be agreed on by all parties” in Yemen, the party said.
Resolution 2216 calls for the withdrawal of rebel forces from territories they have captured and for them to lay down their arms.
The Iran-backed Huthis overran the capital Sanaa unopposed in September 2014 and went on to battle for control of several regions, aided by renegade troops loyal to Saleh.
In July, loyalist forces backed by a Saudi- led Arab coalition evicted the rebels from five southern provinces, and they have since set their sights on Sanaa.