The UN knows these intuitive steps could save Yemen but ignores them

The UN knows these intuitive steps could save Yemen but ignores them

2020-06-25 
By Sarah Hassan
Contributing Opinion Writer
Yemen has been undergoing the world's worst humanitarian crisis and its own longest and most violent war for years due to the September 2014 coup by the Houthi militia. So much that the country is now on the brink of open anarchy, famines and total economic collapse.  
The western media outlets and think-tanks covering the Yemeni war and some international officials speaking through them recommend the wrong solution to the conflict. Most news articles blame the misery on the government and Arab Coalition-led war that sought to subdue the theocratic militia's coup, stating and implying that the war from the Coalition and government's side should be stopped; the Houthi gains should be retained; and the current de facto partition of the country should be consolidated.  The core demand of Houthis! 
The terrorist militia has been the only warring party who import arms from outside Yemen, while the legitimate army has been the only warring party against whom the UN arms embargo is enforced!!
Furthermore, year after year, the UN avoided holding the militia responsible for defying its resolutions and perpetuating the war. With this the militia became the upper hand and government shrank too much. 
Now that the government is left with only little territories, a cessation of the Coalition's air bombings and Yemeni army's defense means the bigoted militia may overrun the remaining government cities, and commit genocides against hundreds of thousands of refugees. That is, defeating the people and putting the militia in power. 
In fact, this is what perspective of western media and think-tanks  will lead to!
To save Yemen from a Yemeni perspective, the matter is about implementing the following no-brainers which the UN knows but ignores: 
- Securing the return of the Yemeni government back home from exile.
- empowering the constantly defensive Yemeni army to conduct offensive operations and prosecute the war against the extremist militia fast.
Otherwise, Yemen faces the risk of staying in de facto partition or even worse – the sectarian extremists may take control of the rest of Yemen and rule over the oppositionist majority. 
 - reinstating the much missed government back to power.
-  and allowing Yemen, rich by itself, to depend on its own resources right from the second day as follows:
A-  The international community should ensure that the country's biggest industrial project, a natural gas liquefaction plant, be de-militarized by the occupying UAE forces and allowed to operate again. The millions of dollars of revenues from this project alone can prop up the state to function and resume paying the long unpaid public salaries again. 
B- The looted money during Saleh's era, estimated at USD 60 billion, is now in foreign banks across the word. The UN was asking donors for $2.4 billion at the Yemen Donors Conference in Saudi Arabia earlier last month, only part of which amount was pledged. . If the UN is serious about helping Yemen, restituting these looted funds alone will eventually wipe out the humanitarian crisis altogether and perhaps turn Yemen to a relatively rich country. 
C- Yemen has about 2000 km long coastline on one of the most active and strategic shipping lanes in the world. Of all the Yemeni seaports, Aden seaport alone, if operated, may bring to the Yemeni people 75 billion USD in revenues a year. The UAE's separatist militias are closing the seaport for years. 
Who on earth does not know these facts?
Having an agenda bias, western media and think-tanks ignore these facts and force-feed international politicians and mass audience misleading information about the causes of the Yemeni crisis and on how to save Yemen. A narrative that reinforces the partition and collapse of Yemen, and supports Houthis, the prime authors of Yemen's misfortune.
Only this perspective, broadly popular among our people, is the straight roadmap to save Yemen. If the UN was ever willing to save Yemen, it could have seen these steps and actions get taken. 
These steps are the simple ideas to resolving the Yemeni crisis, because they are the ideas of the Yemenis. 
But the UN's peace proposals for Yemen draw their ideas from the reports of the Crisis Group, the Chatham House, the James Town Foundation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the likes!! 
· This Op-Ed represents the sole viewpoint of its author

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