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Saleh says he ‘does not recognize’ UN resolution on Yemen

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Ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh has repeatedly rebuffed UN resolutions regarding Yemen, saying he does not recognize UN resolution 2216.

Saleh referred to the resolve as an act of “war”, thus destroying what was considered the only “gesture of hope” for the Yemeni people to reach a solution that would alleviates their suffering.

Saleh said in a speech on Monday evening that he also does not recognize the outcome of the national dialogue, which divided Yemen into territories, as well as his rejection of the Gulf initiative.

Saleh’s remarks come as the Yemeni envoy to the UN is working to revive negotiations on the basis of international resolutions and the Gulf initiative, in an attempt to resolve the crisis resulting from the Houthi militia coup that put the Yemeni people in turmoil.

Saleh paid homage to the Houthi militias that stormed the city of Sanaa on September 21 and turned against President Hadi’s regime.

Saleh defied Yemeni authorities, after recent tension between the coup parties, Saleh said: “No return for President Hadi to the capital Sanaa.”

Abdullah al-Maalmi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said on Monday that “there is a widespread understanding that the Houthis would reject any peace settlement because they profit from the war and they do not contribute to the cost of living of the Yemeni people.”