Since its start, not much was expected from the U.N.-sponsored peace conference on Yemen which was held in Geneva at the behest of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Talks focused exclusively on negotiations between the Yemeni forces fighting for power while representatives of concerned countries were sidelined. The opposition, more specifically Houthi militias and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, considered it an opportunity to become an internationally-recognized legitimate party. Meanwhile, the legitimate Yemeni government found itself compelled to remain on good terms with the United Nations as it will need the latter’s help later on.
It would be a falsehood to mislead Yemenis into thinking that the world desires a peaceful solution for themAbdulrahman al-Rashed