On Monday the Yemeni government agreed to negotiations with Houthis again, weeks after the rebels in Yemen agreed to a UN-brokered deal in Muscat, Oman aimed at ending the conflict.
In a letter addressed from Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Houthis agreed to a seven-point resolution brokered in Muscat, Oman, referred to as the "Muscat principles."
The negotiations included a ceasefire, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's return to the capital Sanaa, and removal of armed militias in Yemen's cities. It would essentially end the war, in which human rights groups say both parties have been guilty of violating international law.
Negotiations took major steps backward when, days after the letter was publicized, the Saudi-led coalition conducted airstrikes on a second wedding. The two wedding bombings killed at least 145 people total.
saudi bombed the Yemen wedding party knowing full well that the houthis had signed an agreement for a ceasefire http://t.co/ODs4oDAsxz— Scotland in Business (@macklamm) October 9, 2015
Here's the document showing Houthis agreed to the resolution:
The seven-point document (Muscat Principals) formed a basic entrance towards reaching a settlement for the ongoing conflict, and with no doubt it was a great major step for restarting the political life in Yemen.
Based on the above, we urge the secretary-general of the Security Council to spend all of his efforts to support it, confirming our commitment as well as the commitment of the other parties with all of the seven points. This includes adhering to the Security Council Resolutions, especially Resolution Number 2216 according to its execution mechanism.
The Security Council supports the political solution in Yemen and to return to the negotiation table without preconditions. We also support this. However, there was no positive reaction from the other party towards the efforts of the special envoy of the UN and the Security Council invitation to go back to the negotiation table.
Both Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition in the past have been guilty of not honoring their deals. But the rebels have never agreed to pulling out of Sanaa. Resolution 2216, mentioned in the letter above, has been a major sticking point in agreements with the Yemeni government.
They also don't usually send proof of agreements to the media shortly afterward, indicating — at least from Houthis — that they may be open to progress.
By Hayat Norimine
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