Military operations won’t stop until all Yemeni territory is liberated, says Hadi
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said the military operations will not stop until all the Yemeni territory is liberated (from the Houthi rebel fighters).
In a meeting with the Ambassadors of the G19 supporting Yemen, Hadi said no dialogue or consultations can be held if not according to the three relevant terms of reference which provide for ending the state of rebel military takeover, their handover of weapons to the state and withdrawal from cities and state institutions.
Hadi briefed the diplomats on the latest developments and danger of the radical rebel fighters as a dynastical and sectarian religious armed group that does not believe in peace and the handover of weapons to the state. Hadi said holding talks with the group even if the weapons is still in their hands is “a waste of time, a free service to the militia and a stark betrayal to the Yemeni people who are desperate for salvation, peace and security.”
Hadi related Yemen’s trajectory from 2011 to the present moment setting out how Yemen edged close to civil war in 2011 when pro-democracy protesters faced off with the then regime and reached a stalemate; the GCC states through the well-known GCC Agreement brokered a peaceful handover of power and a transitional period and national transformation talks (known as the National Dialogue Conference 2013-2014); the inclusive talks addressed the drivers of all Yemen’s conflicts and including 50 year old grievances; and Yemenis agreed on everything and drafted a constitution and were about to organize a referendum on it before traditional elite of Saleh’s regime in alliance with the Iran-aligned Houthis to commit the crime of military overthrow of the state. They
Hadi said the allied rebels restored the military institutions which he had not finished restructuring because of deeply entrenched loyalties to the former regime and sectarian loyalties.
“Politics was then destroyed, political parties were confiscated and the government was put under house arrest,” said Hadi talking about late 2014 events.
Hadi said that after he escaped house arrest in Sana’a to Aden, the militia began using the army’s warplanes in Sana’a to bomb Aden and other cities upon directives from outside the state institutions.
“I did my constitutionally authorized duty of protecting my country from the entire fall to the hands of the barbaric guerilla by inviting my brethren in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for help, which led to the formation of the Arab Coalition” that has been helping Yemen.
Hadi said that although the UN Security Council issued its decisions that bind the militias to fully withdraw from the Yemeni cities and hand over weapons and state institutions, the militias paid no attention to them.
“During the war we tried by all means to save our country the dangers and minimize the cost of the war and so we and our Arab brethren arranged for talks. We sat with the militia for peace talks and offere a lot of concessions. But their intransigence wasted all peace opportunities, in all the talks of Geneva, Biel and of Kuwait.”
He cited the most recent peace proposal, the one offered by the UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Chiekh concerning the management of the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. Hadi said “the government reacted positively with the proposal of
Hodeida but the rebels were rigid” and rebuffed the proposal.
“With the progress of time the humanitarian situation worsens and suffering intensifies especially as the militia uses all state resources and the withheld public salaries for financing their insurgency.”
Hadi also cited the radical militia’s “recent atrocities in Sana’a and the killing of their former ally Saleh and the head of Saleh’s negotiation team” Aref Azooka as Saleh’s camp’s renounced rebellion and called for talks with the government.
They have conducted a campaign of arrestes, killing, intimidations and bombing of houses of GPC members, said Hadi referring to the Houthis’ abuses in their strongholds in north Yemen. “(These acts) reflect the militia’s lack of readiness and capacity for peace.” As long as the military power is in their hands we believe that peace with them is impossible,” said Hadi.
He said that they turned the capital Sana’a into ” a big prison” for GPC members and all oppositionists.
Hadi said that he is trying to regroup the Houthi-fractured GPC and has “opened doors to all those who suffered persecution at the hands of the Houthis.”
“We also treated the family of Saleh in a humanitarian way, according to the Islamic morals and national customs but we account Saleh’s era as a bygone era.” “In any case this exists as a text in the international resolutions; “turning Saleh’s page.”
“We affirm the government’s seriousness in tackling the humanitarian situation and mitigating the suffering. But we refuse any attempts to use the humanitarian matter as a card for pressuring the government and the Arab Coalition without accounting other aspects of the issue, such pressures prolong the survival of the militia and support their armged insurgency, the original cause and perpetuator of this humanitarian crisis.”
Hadi called on the international community to condemn “the state of terrorization, repression, cut of communications, random searches, prosecutions and looting of houses, violations that the Houthis exercise now in Sana’a.”
He also called on all world countries to help Yemen economically and in re-normalizing life in territories recaptured from the radical group.