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Eleven Yemeni Parties Condemn Houthi Hostility against GPC Members

Eleven Yemeni Parties Condemn Houthi Hostility against GPC Members

Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 09:30
Houthi militiamen at a checkpoint at the southern entrance to the city of Sanaa November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayagh

Denouncing Houthi-imposed repression in Sanaa, Yemeni political movements issued a statement against atrocities committed by militias.

The statement condemned the systematic targeting of leaders and members of other parties found in Houthi-run areas.

Hostile activities snowballed after the late President Ali Abdullah Saleh switched sides against the coup, after which he was killed. Dozens of his affiliates at the General People’s Congress were then killed.

The statement was signed by 11 parties, most notably the GPC, the Yemeni Reform Party, the Yemeni Socialist Party, the Nasserist Unionist Organization and the Rashad Party.

Houthis’ arbitrary targeting of GPC members put off the expected visit by UN delegation headed by Deputy Special Envoy to Yemen—the visit was aimed at stirring up stalled peace talks for more than four months.

However, an official source at the office of UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told Asharq Al-Awsat that "communication is ongoing with all parties, and this visit is scheduled to take place in the next few weeks."

"The visit to Sanaa was postponed, although it was scheduled for this week, to conduct a series of meetings with politicians Houthi and GPC officials,” the source said.

According to the source, the visit hoped to establish practical measures to create a constructive atmosphere for political dialogue, especially with regard to alleviating arbitrary targeting of GPC representatives and their families in Sanaa.

The UN delegation will include the deputy chief of mission and some of the Special Envoy's advisers and will hold several meetings Houthis and GPC officials in preparation for a new round of peace consultations.

A new round of talks will be held should the parties demonstrate a sincere intention for finding a peaceful political solution.

Gpc Sources reported that Houthi militias transferred Colonel Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, the late president's nephew, from the hospital where he was being treated because of injuries sustained during clashes to an unknown location. The sources broadcast pictures of Colonel Saleh on a hospital bed.

The fate of many GPC loyalists is still unknown to both the military and civilian members of the party (the Popular Congress).

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