Yemen to form new committee to end Zaidi insurgency
Yemen has established a new committee made up of prominant political and social figures to help end an on-off insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, state media reported on Thursday. President Ali Abdullah Saleh formed the committee to work with a team of Qatari mediators to enact a Doha-brokered peace deal agreed upon last June, a weekly newspaper published by the Yemeni defence ministry reported.
The deal between the Zaidi fighters and the Sanaa government has not been implemented and sporadic fighting has since resumed in Yemen. The 13-member committee includes Ali Nasser Qarisha, who was a representative for the fighters at talks with the Yemeni government in Doha on February 1 where both sides agreed to revive the peace process.