The legitimate Yemeni government officially informed on Monday United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, of its rejection of his recent proposals for reaching comprehensive peace in the war-torn country.
It rejected the suggestions, saying they violate its sovereignty and accusing him of overstepping his boundaries.
It questioned his “insistence” on legitimizing the acts of the Iran-backed Houthi militias, accusing him of “covering up” their actions before the international community and of “constantly relenting to all of their illegitimate demands.”
Government spokesman Rajeh Badi told Asharq Al-Awsat: “We informed Griffiths that we completely reject his latest proposals, which he sent to us on June 30.”
Griffiths’ proposals had sparked wide debate in Yemen, with government loyalists saying he was leading a UN coup against the internationally-recognized peace references and attempting to legitimize the Houthi coup.
The envoy has suggested the declaration of a comprehensive ceasefire throughout Yemen, followed by several humanitarian and economic measures and then the launch of consultations between the warring parties over a timeframe and schedule and making logistic preparations to resume political consultations.
The government was wary of the proposals because they present the Houthis as a legitimate party and grant them power over overseeing financial and economic resources, as well as give them control over airports and ports. These are sovereign issues, said the government, which should be controlled by it.
Undersecretary at the Yemeni Information Ministry Fayyad al-Numan said Griffiths was attempting to promote a “flawed peace”.
In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, he accused him of steering UN efforts away from implementing Security Council resolutions and was instead, working strenuously to legitimize the Houthi coup “at the expense of Yemen and the Yemeni people.”
Furthermore, he said that throughout the two years he has been in his post, the envoy has failed to even receive a single acknowledgement from the Houthis of his mission and the duties he has been tasked to achieve, namely the implementation of international resolutions.
Moreover, Griffiths has failed to achieve the most basic aspects of peace, he continued, saying the envoy was seeking to divide Yemen according to a foreign agenda.