Yemen’s President Hadi demands UN relocate peace talks

Published February 23rd, 2015 - 11:35 GMT

On Monday, the United Nations Special Adviser on Yemen Jamal Benomar said that Hadi had expressed “reservations about continuing the current negotiations in Sana’a.”

According to Benomar, the Yemeni leader also “requested they be transferred to a ‘safe place’ to which the parties should agree.”

The remarks from Hadi come shortly after he escaped house arrest in Sana’a and fled to the southern city of Aden, where he attended a meeting of governors.

He renewed his commitment to the political transition process in the country, as well as UN-sponsored talks aimed at resolving the current crisis in Yemen.

On February 20, Hadi, who offered his resignation last month, released a statement dismissing all measures taken by the Houthi movement after the Ansarullah fighters of the movement gained control of Sana’a.

The Yemeni parliament has not approved Hadi’s resignation.

The Ansarullah revolutionaries say the Yemeni government has been incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and providing security.

In September 2014, the Ansarullah fighters gained control of Sana’a. Before gaining control of the capital, the Houthis had set a deadline for the political parties to put aside differences and fill the power vacuum, but the deadline was missed without any change in the impoverished country’s political scene.

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