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Yemen’s GPC party accepts UN-brokered peace plan

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Yemen’s General People’s Congress (GPC), the party of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, has accepted a UN-sponsored peace plan put forward in talks in Oman.

“An official source at the General People’s Congress reiterated the party’s fast position on ending hostilities and raising the blockade and on a peaceful solution to Yemen’s crisis,” the party said in the statement released on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia’s staunch ally and fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has ruled out a peace deal until the the Houthi Ansarullah movement allied with popular committees’ fighters leave cities under their control and surrender their arms based on a UN resolution.

He, however, added that if Ansarullah fighters publicly accept the resolution, he would join the talks.

Yemeni supporters of the Houthi Ansarullah movement raise their weapons during a protest in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, against ongoing Saudi military operations on October 2, 2015. (AFP photo)

 

The GPC, meanwhile, added that any implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2216 must take place “in accordance with operational mechanisms agreed upon by all parties.”

The Resolution 2216, which was adopted in April, called on Ansarullah revolutionaries to pull back from areas under their control in the impoverished country.

The Ansarullah fighters took control of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in September 2014 and are currently in control of large parts of the Arab country. The revolutionaries said the Hadi government was incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and containing the growing wave of corruption and terror.

Riyadh began its fatal military aggression against Yemen on March 26, without a UN mandate. The strikes are meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi.

About 6,400 people have reportedly lost their lives in the Saudi airstrikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured since March. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 505 children are among the fatalities.

The UN reported on Tuesday that some 114,000 people have also been forced to flee the war-stricken country due to the Saudi aggression.

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