DON’T AL­LOW HOUTHIS TO DE­RAIL PO­LIT­I­CAL PROCESS

The Gulf Today - - OPINION -

The Ira­nian-aligned Houthi mili­tias have done it be­fore and they are do­ing it again. Us­ing peace ne­go­ti­a­tions as a tac­tic in­stead of com­mit­ment, they have been in­dulging in brazen at­tempts to de­rail the po­lit­i­cal process. The Houthi mili­tia’s lat­est threat to launch more drone at­tacks is a di­rect chal­lenge to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and should not be taken lightly.

Right from the be­gin­ning, the Saudi-led Arab Coali­tion’s sole in­tent has been to spread jus­tice and up­hold the le­git­i­macy in Ye­men.

The ear­lier ges­tures too by the Houthi mili­tias re­gard­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions proved ab­so­lutely de­cep­tive as they used the time to re­group AND Inlict more SUF­FER­ING on THE YE­MENI pop­u­la­tion.

As Dr An­war Bin Mo­hammed Gar­gash, Min­is­ter of State for FOR­EIGN AF­FAIRS, points out, SINCE THE start of HODEI­DAH CEASEIRE, the Houthi mili­tias have com­mit­ted 464 recorded vi­o­la­tions and broke com­mit­ments by not with­draw­ing from port.

Mil­lions of peo­ple in Ye­men de­pend on hu­man­i­tar­ian food as­sis­tance for their sur­vival and it is very im­por­tant that it reaches those who most need it. Sev­eral chil­dren have al­ready lost their lives or are still dy­ing be­cause they haven’t enough food to eat. The Houthi mili­tia’s ma­nip­u­la­tion of food aid is a mat­ter of se­ri­ous con­cern for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

It is ap­palling that the Houthi mili­tias last week shelled the stor­age de­pots of re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tions in Hodei­dah, lead­ing to the de­struc­tion of food sup­plies and ba­sic goods in­tended for the Ye­meni peo­ple. They de­lib­er­ately shelled the stor­age de­pots with the aim of cov­er­ing up their loot­ing of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid in­tended for the Ye­meni peo­ple.

There have been many in­stances of the Houthi mili­tias Conis­cat­ing Hu­man­i­tar­ian Food AID with A view to sell For proit.

The United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme had clearly ac­cused the mili­tias of dis­rupt­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid in Ye­men. David Pais­ley, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Pro­gramme, rightly de­scribed these prac­tices as steal­ing food from the mouths of the hun­gry.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity can­not af­ford to re­main silent and watch the Iran-backed Houthi mili­tias con­tinue on their de­struc­tive path.

The po­lit­i­cal process is the only hope for Ye­men. As Dr Gar­gash cor­rectly pointed out, the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil must con­demn Houthi in­tran­si­gence and strat­egy of un­der­min­ing Stock­holm Agree­ment, and put pres­sure on Houthis and their Ira­nian back­ers to com­ply with UN res­o­lu­tion 2451.

There can be no other op­tion for last­ing peace.

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