Does the new UN special envoy have a plan for Yemen that differs from that of his predecessors’? Asharq Al-Awsat has learnt from high-ranking sources that the most important features of the new plan of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths includes “withdrawing arms and planning a transitional phase that includes Houthi participation in the government and ends with elections.”
These general points for the new plan on which the new peace envoy is working on falls within the general context of the political solution that’s based on relevant international resolutions, the Gulf initiative or the Yemeni national dialogue. The Houthis and Saleh’s party were present in Yemeni national dialogue discussions.
Perhaps some people, including myself, denounce the idea that Houthis should have any place in Yemen’s political future and believe this group should not be engaged with at all as its ideology must only be dealt on par with that of Nazis and other fascist movements following World War II: via prohibition and prosecution.
Any apparent Houthi flexibility seeking talks is merely a ruse for gaining timeMashari Althaydi