Presidential Leadership In Yemen Seek Safe Passage Through Taiz For Complete End of War
Yemen–Yemen’s presidential leadership is all for reform provided the United Nations can ensure Houthis keep their part of the deal. The current Presidential Leadership Council wants to maintain the truce but for that Iran backed Houthis would need to end their siege on Taiz. The council’s president Rashad-Al-Alimi has voiced this concern while he was addressing various EU ambassadors to Yemen, in a recent meeting in Aden.
There is a lot that needs to be corrected by the Houthis on their end, for the terms of the truce to be fair. For starters, they would need to open roads and transportation links in Taiz, then pay government employees in areas under their control, also look into releasing thousands of detainees and forcibly disappeared civilians from their prisons and to return back civilian facilities which had been transformed to military sites. The truce came about after a lot of struggles and talks back and forth between the related parties. A fragile peace was established in April first week after a Saudi led coalition could get Houthis on a common ground.
The last coordinated cessation of hostilities nationwide was during peace talks in 2016. According to a formal statement released by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, “Both parties have accepted to halt all offensive military air, ground and maritime operations inside Yemen and across its borders; they also agreed for fuel ships to enter into Hudaydah ports and commercial flights to operate in and out of Sana’a airport to predetermined destinations in the region; they further agreed to meet under my auspices to open roads in Taiz and other governorates in Yemen.”
Even now, Mr. Grundberg is trying to bring Houthis around to opening the passage in Taiz. As a sign of things progressing towards peace, Houthi media released news of how a Yemenia flight carrying 78 passengers this week could leave the Houthi-controlled Sanaa airport to Cairo for the first time in six years.