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Yemen: Houthis submit ‘proposal’ for peace to UN

Houthi fighters with their Rocket-Propelled Grenade launchers [FOCUS NOW/Facebook]
Houthi fighters with their Rocket-Propelled Grenade launchers [FOCUS NOW/Facebook]

Yemen’s Houthi armed group has submitted a proposal to the United Nation’s Security Council to end the civil conflict with the Yemen government, Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, the head of the higher revolutionary committee, said yesterday.

“We have officially submitted our proposal to the UN General Assembly and Security Council,” Mohamed Ali Al-Houthi tweeted.

The two-page document dated 21 February included motions to establish a “reconciliation committee” tasked with overcoming differences with the Yemen government and the use of elections as a “mechanism” to select parliamentary  spokespersons and members to represent the country’s political powers.

The statement goes on to seek “international guarantees” for reconstruction of Yemen; preventing any aggression in the country by “foreign” countries; a general amnesty for prisoners of war; and a referendum to settle points of contention.

“No solution could be inclusive without stopping the aggression and lifting the siege imposed on air, land and sea,” the statement read.

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Al-Houthi ended the proposal by inviting representatives of the Security Council to witness the humanitarian conditions on the ground.

The Yemen civil war intensified after a Saudi-led coalition was invited to defeat the Houthis who had taken control of the capital Sana’a.

Last week the Sultanate of Oman announced that it will be hosting peace talks to end the Yemen civil conflict. The first round will be between the Houthi armed group and General People’s Congress party (GPC).  Following the announcement, Saudi Arabia responded by stating the “coalition seeks peace”, showing signs that all parties to the conflict may be feeling the fatigue of conflict.

“Yes, we’re open for negotiations with all parties to the conflict,” Muhammad Al-Bukhaithi, deputy head of the Houthis’ department of external relations of and member of the group’s political bureau, confirmed to MEMO in an interview last week.

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