UK diplomat: Saleh contradicts himself

UK diplomat: Saleh contradicts himself

The UK Ambassador to Yemen Edmund Brown has strongly slammed the remarks of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in which he evaded the commitment of his party to the terms of references for Yemen's political reconciliation. 

Brown told al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that Saleh on November 16, 2016 along with the Houthis pledged to commit to these terms of reference for solving the Yemeni crisis. 

Saleh said that it was not logic to speak about a federal state of the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference, the GCC-brokered imitative or the UN Resolution 2216, reiterating that all these terms of reference were revoked.

Meanwhile, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Esmail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will resume his efforts on peace talks with Yemeni different parties, government sources told the Emirati-based Albyan newspaper.

The sources affirmed that an amended roadmap will be handed over to the government and the putschists next week

The Quartet meeting (United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates)held in the Saudi capital, Riyadh,  made amendments to UN roadmap regarding Yemen on the basis of the Yemeni government's request.

According to Alsharq al-Awsat newspaper, the meeting held two weeks ago affirmed that the powers of the Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi will not be transferred until parties commence to execute the security and political steps mentioned in the U.N. roadmap.

The statement added that the four ministers agreed that the U.N. suggestions that include a sequence to the security and political procedures represent a ground for a comprehensive agreement whose details will be discussed during negotiations and discussions.

Preparations to train a military committee on mechanisms of ceasefire were completed in Jordon.

The Yemeni government had refused a roadmap offered by the Ould Cheikh Ahmed last November, considering it as a legitimization of the coup. It requested to amend it in accordance with the term of references. 

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