Ye­men rebel-al­lied party says ready for UN-bro­kered peace

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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