The UN Security Council’s decision to extend sanctions against former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh as well as two leaders of the Houthis who are allied with him “will prolong the period of the conflict and the crisis in the country”, Saleh’s party said.
The General People’s Congress party, which is headed by Saleh, said in statements published on the party’s website yesterday: “The final decision will complicate the matter further before a political solution,” adding that “the decision will lead to the prolongation of the conflict and the crisis in the country.”
“Saleh had handed over power in 2012 as he was keen to prevent Yemen from sliding towards war and chaos,” the statement said. “What is happening in the country is a struggle between those who have the powers and the entities which took to the streets in 2011, and the former president has nothing to do with this at all.”
The source expressed his hope “that the Security Council adopts resolutions that contribute to ending the crisis as soon as possible, and protecting Yemen from engaging in conflicts that threaten its unity, security and stability, and ease the suffering of the people of Yemen as a result of difficult economic conditions due to worsening political crisis.”
On Tuesday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Britain’s decision to extend sanctions against Saleh and two of the Houthi leaders allied with him for another year.
The decision stated that sanctions against those who obstruct the political process in Yemen will be extended for another year, “including the former Yemeni president and two top Houthi leaders who are allied with him,” according to an Anadolu correspondent.