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Yemen President Hadi: Houthis are Bloody Group Leading Proxy Warfare

Yemen President Hadi: Houthis are Bloody Group Leading Proxy Warfare

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 - 13:15
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. (AP)

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi accused on Tuesday the Houthi militia of being incapable of “understanding the concept of peace,” describing it as “bloodthirsty” group leading a proxy war, in reference to its dependence on Iran.

He made his remarks while meeting with UN Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in Riyadh.

The Houthis are incapable of understanding peace, have disregarded all international efforts to achieve peace, he continued.

“We have made every possible concession in order to stop bloodshed,” Hadi added, pointing out to the Houthis’ killing of their former ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Hadi said that the coup militia neither recognizes peace references nor the relevant International Security Council resolutions, reported the Yemen news agency Saba.

“They do not care about the Yemeni people’s suffering. They have taken control of the nation's resources and reserves of the Yemeni Central Bank to finance their war, violating human rights and abducting and recruiting children to fight their own absurd proxy warfare against the Yemeni people.”

The president reiterated that he has always been very keen to make peace as it is his own national and humanitarian responsibility as a leader of the country.

For his part, Ould Cheikh briefed Hadi on the results of the consultations conducted by his deputy, Moin Shreim a few days ago with the leaders of the coup in Sanaa as part of UN efforts to achieve peace.

The UN envoy stressed the importance of building trust for any upcoming consultations over peace that should be established upon the well-know references, according to Saba.

The Deputy Premier, Foreign Minister Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi and Shreim also attended the meeting with Hadi.

Mekhlafi has earlier announced that the legitimate government will only resume negotiations with the Houthis under five conditions, including the cessation of rocket firing and the release of abductees.

The Houthi militias rejected UN proposals on handing over the port of Hodeidah to a third party.

They told Ould Cheikh during his recent visit to Sanaa that they reject any partial solution in Yemen and do not oppose resuming negotiations to reach a permanent peace agreement.

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