Hadi at UN calls for firm stance to end Yemen war

UNITED NATIONS: Yemen’s president dismissed UN-led attempts to bring Ansarullah to peace talks as “doomed to fail,” telling the United Nations that a firm stance was needed to end the war.
Earlier this month, the group failed to turn up at talks convened by a UN peace envoy in Geneva, leaving peace efforts in disarray as Yemen’s humanitarian crisis worsens.
“All attempts at peace that are made with this group are doomed to fail,” President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi told the UN General Assembly, describing the group as “extremists who employ gangster-like tactics” and “create hate.” “Peace cannot be obtained by cajoling those gangsters as some member-states do,” he said.
The United Nations invited Hadi’s government and the Ansarullah to Geneva to re-start talks that broke down in 2016.
But Ansarullah refused to leave the capital Sanaa, which they hold, and put forward a series of last-minute demands for the evacuation of wounded and the release of prisoners.
Hadi said the international community must be “resolute” and stick to Security Council resolutions that call on the group to withdraw from territory they have seized.
Since 2015, the war has left nearly 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
The United States, along with France and Britain, have supported the Arab coalition in Yemen, but the western powers have expressed concern over the heavy toll on civilians. — AFP