The decision taken by the Government of Yemen to suspend participation in the negotiations is inappropriate. It should withdraw from these talks because of the crime committed by the Houthis … They have stormed the biggest camp.
This incident gives a clear indication that Iran has a hidden hand in the dialogue and that the dialogue is merely a tool for media consumption because we have been seeing the ‘changing mood’ every now and then.
Otherwise, how can somebody claim that he is striving for a solution and giving the impression that the intention is genuine and at the same time breach the agreement that was sealed overnight by storming in the camp at dawn?
This can only be done by a person who is a mere tool in the hands of others and the one who cannot take decision independently and the one who cannot live up to his word.
After this dangerous development, it behooves the international community to exhaustively look into the issue and put things in their right perspectives. It is time to call a spade a spade.
The Houthis, who were given an opportunity to participate in the peace talks turned out to be mercenaries sent by the regime in Tehran, the capital which does not want to see the region enjoying peace and stability.
Iran has been a hindrance to solutions to the problems in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. With its gangs it tried to storm the massive neutral camp to cover up what is happening in Syria and to divert people’s attention from the mess it has created in Iraq.
Over the months, the Houthis have been breaching pledges made to the UN Envoy in Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh. This is why we are asking how the envoy did not realize that the people who he was dealing with are mere tools? He began exerting efforts for a ceasefire between the warring parties and set the peace talks rolling, but the Houthis turned the peace talks topsy-turvy even before they kick-started.
Can one possibly bet on the ability of those involved in peace talks to end the disaster and rescue the 26 million people from the Houthi tunnel of destruction and murder or is it another indication that it is time for the international community to enforce the UN decision No 2216.
After yesterday’s dangerous development is it reasonable to continue in the peace talks with the Houthis? It has become apparent that the only language the group understands is the language of force according to our past experiences.
They have trespassed on the principles of dialogue, violated the Gulf initiative and pushed Yemen on the verge of perpetual chaos unprecedented in the history of Sana’a just to satisfy the warlords of Iran.
The yellow nature of their faces covers the language of dialogue which they understand — the language of sword.
Although they continue to play the game of ‘bloodshed’ which they began almost two years ago to pave way for the Al-Mullah regime to enter the Arabian Peninsula, the Arab coalition, the governments and the resistance forces have been protecting the Yemenis.
They try hard not only to protect the blood of the Yemenis but also give the group an opportunity to be part of the dialogue in the hope they will beat the retreat after their defeat, but it seem they have failed to take a leaf out of the logic, so they continue to breach the ceasefire agreement.
It will not be an exaggeration if we say the Houthis don’t deserve a dialogue or negotiations because they have hardly presented their viewpoints to the solution but took action a few hours later. The action is reminiscent of what Abu Tamam said in his poem, “They carved it out from falsehood and lies and crafted talks”.
Therefore, there is no alternative to treating the disease of bloodshed other than with the sword, because it is mightier than books.
Your Excellency the UN Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh, isn’t it true?
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times