Houthi History of Noncompliance Undermines Sweden Talks Success Prospects

Houthi History of Noncompliance Undermines Sweden Talks Success Prospects

Saturday, 8 December, 2018 - 10:30
Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy to Yemen, speaking in Geneva on September 5, 2018. AFP
Cairo - Aden - Ali Rabih and Asharq Al-Awsat
Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi denied Houthi insurgents having shown any serious intent for achieving peace in Yemen and added that attending the UN-sponsored negotiations did not signal a change in the group’s overall policy on stalling progress for the war-ravaged country.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Badi said there hasn’t been any display of Houthi intention for peace in a constructive and serious manner.

Attending the UN talks being held in Stockholm, Sweden, is an “Iran-styled tactical move,” meant to mislead the international community’s perception and sell the notion that the insurgency, too, is looking for peace.

Badi, however, said that after the consultations conclude with no concrete progress, the world will understand the uncooperative nature of coup militias in Yemen.

Backed and armed by Iran, Houthis have been staging a nationwide coup hoping to depose Yemen’s freely-elected government headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Echoing Yemeni frustration with the insurgents, Badi cited the Houthis’ long history in sidetracking peace initiatives and diplomatic negotiations.

“The group’s malign activity against government institutions began in 2004 and continues until this very day,” he said. 

“A few days remain and the Stockholm negotiations will conclude—Houthis’ trickery will be exposed to the world and will be added to their long history of manipulation,” Badi confirmed.

The Iran-aligned group has failed to cooperate on many previous accounts, and the same is being expected to take place at the Stockholm talks.

Many observers believe failure in confidence-building, an excuse exhausted by insurgents, is not the core of Yemen's dilemma, but the Houthis' inherent opposition to state institutions and usage of coercive force.

Houthis, time and time again, refuse to comply with international decisions, including UN Security Council Resolution 2216 which stipulates their immediate hand over of weapons to the government.

In September, a UN-mediated round of peace talks over Yemen's crisis fell apart after Houthis made last-minute demands and failed to show up.

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