UN envoy’s plan for Yemen stalls

Yemen’s legitimate and internationally-backed government reaffirms its refusal to discuss fundamental national topics

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The United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen arrived in Sanaa to discuss his roadmap during his second visit to the capital in less than a week.

The UN said in a statement Friday that Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in the capital on Thursday and that he will meet with members of the diplomatic corps and others to discuss ways to alleviate the humanitarian suffering and assess the best ways to address the country’s economic crisis.

“Negotiating peace frameworks is a tremendous undertaking under the best of circumstances,” added the special envoy. “It requires an unequivocal determination of the parties to reach a negotiated settlement to put Yemen on the path to peace and that’s what we are aiming for.”

Meanwhile, Yemen’s legitimate and internationally-backed government reaffirmed its refusal to discuss fundamental national topics concerning the future of the presidency office and the government with putschists.

In a press statement, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Civil Service Abdulaziz Jabbari, following a meeting on Friday with the US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller, said that talks about the institution and presidency cannot be accepted, except through the ballot box and popular will, the Saudi news state agency SPA reported.

The Yemeni official’s remarks came in response to a recent peace roadmap presented by Ismail Ould Cheikh which was rejected by the Yemeni government as it was perceived to be flawed and granted the coup a political advantage.

Days ago, Houthi militia leaders slammed the UN special envoy for Yemen, accusing him of being biased and not impartial, the Arabic website of Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Meanwhile, Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh have forced more than 150 families to leave their homes in a number of towns and rural areas in Taiz, south west of Yemen, local sources and human rights organizations said.

According to local sources, the rebels forced more than 50 families from the towns of al-Dayh and al-Rawd in the northern parts of the al-Rabihi area, west of Taiz, to leave their homes after threatening them at gunpoint on Monday and told them to leave within 24 hours.

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