Date :Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 | Time : 23:38 |ID: 78618 | Print

Yemen: The Houthi group said it is ready for a broader ceasefire

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SHAFAQNA A senior leader from Yemen‘s Houthi group has announced they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi-led coalition – if the Saudi-UAE alliance battling his movement is prepared to do the same.

The Houthi group said it was ready for a broader ceasefire if the Saudi-led coalition “wants peace”.

“We are willing to freeze and stop military operations on all fronts to reach a just and honourable peace if they really want peace for the Yemeni people,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the group’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said in a statement on Twitter.

Al-Houthi called on the group’s forces to refrain from carrying out attacks and said that, in a gesture of goodwill, the movement would halt all missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their Yemeni allies.

“We announce our initiative and call on the official Yemeni [Houthi] authorities to stop firing missiles and unmanned aircraft at the US-Saudi aggression countries and their allies in Yemen to drop any justification for their continued aggression or siege,” he added.

The decision was based on discussions with Griffiths to show “good faith” and support peace efforts, he said in a statement on Twitter.

Yemen’s foreign ministry also said it has informed Griffiths of its decision to send “a government delegation to the talks with the aim of reaching a political solution”, according to the government-run Saba news agency.

Yemen’s parties have given “firm assurances” they are committed to attending peace talks, Griffiths told the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

Griffiths welcomed the Houthi announcement in a Twitter post and called on all parties continue to show restraint “to create a conducive environment for convening the consultations”.

He is expected this week to visit the capital, Sanaa, which has been under Houthi control since September 2014, to finalise arrangements for peace talks in Sweden.

No date has yet been set for the negotiations.

Bessma Momani, professor of political science at University of Waterloo, said the pressure was rising on Riyadh and Washington to end the war in Yemen because of the international outcry over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, as well as the US Democrats winning control of the country’s House of Representatives.

“Now the stars are aligned geopolitically,” she told Al Jazeera.

“An important piece is the American attention – from the public, from the new Democrats coming into the House, and increased criticism generated post-Jamal Khashoggi,” she said.

“There is also battle fatigue on the ground on both sides. Hopefully, they realize this is a stalemate – there is no winning this war, it’s just sheer utter suffering of the Yemeni people,” she said.

On Monday, the Security Council began considering a British-drafted resolution that aims to improve the humanitarian situation. It calls for a halt to fighting in Hodeidah, a stop to attacks on populated areas across Yemen and an end to attacks on countries in the region.

The draft, seen by Reuters, also calls for an unhindered flow of commercial and humanitarian goods across the country, including lifting of any bureaucratic impediments within two weeks, a large, fast injection of foreign currency into the economy through the Central Bank of Yemen and more aid funding.

It was not immediately clear when the text could be put to a vote. To pass, a resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, Russia, China, Britain or France, Reuters reported.


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