Yemen’s Hadi threatens to withdraw from peace talks in Kuwait

Published July 11th, 2016 - 05:30 GMT
Yemeni Vice President General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar (L) listens as Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi delivers a speech to army commanders and local officials during a surprise visit to inspect troops in Yemen's loyalist-held eastern city of Marib, on July 10, 2016. (AFP/Abdullah al-Qadry)
Yemeni Vice President General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar (L) listens as Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi delivers a speech to army commanders and local officials during a surprise visit to inspect troops in Yemen's loyalist-held eastern city of Marib, on July 10, 2016. (AFP/Abdullah al-Qadry)

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has warned that he would pull out of the ongoing peace negotiations on the future of the country if the United Nations keeps insisting on a roadmap for the formation of a unity government.

“The UN has tried to convince us to form a coalition government. We said we would issue a statement declaring our boycott of the Kuwait consultations,” Hadi said Sunday while visiting a group of soldiers loyal to him in the city of Ma’rib, east of the capital Sana’a.

Hadi, who fled Sana’a two years ago when Houthi rebels took control over large areas of the country, said he would not accept the roadmap proposed by UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

"We will not return to the talks in Kuwait if the United Nations tries to impose the latest proposal by mediator, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed," Hadi said, claiming that his forces will recapture Sana’a from Houthis “soon.”

Talks between Hadi representatives and delegates representing Houthis and allies began in the Kuwait City on April 21. The two sides have managed to agree on some proposals, including how to continue with the exchange of their prisoners, but obstacles remain, marring efforts for a permanent solution to the conflict.  

Hadi had earlier said that he will not tolerate Houthis as part of any future government, reiterating that the fighters must withdraw from the cities they control and surrender their arms. The Houthis say they will begin to withdraw if someone other than Hadi takes on as president to manage the transition in Yemen.

More than 14 months of conflict in Yemen have killed over 6,000 people while many more remain displaced across the country. 

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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