Yemeni govt rejects solutions not based on previous terms

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr. (AFP)
Updated 30 January 2017
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Yemeni govt rejects solutions not based on previous terms

ADEN: The Yemeni government has reiterated its rejection of any political solution to end the Houthi coup unless it is based on previously agreed terms.
It seeks an agreement based on the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism, the outputs of the national dialogue and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.
“Any solutions not based on these references would create potential for new conflicts and would be rejected by Yemeni people,” the government said in a statement on Sunday following its regular meeting headed by Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr in Aden.
The government has also reiterated its commitment to achieving just and sustainable peace in the country, while adhering to the previously agreed terms of reference for a political solution to put an end the coup.
The prime minister noted that the government is determined to continue with its efforts to restore legitimacy to the Yemeni state, after the coup by the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias. “These militias have turned against the state, destroyed all financial and administrative institutions, caused the suffering of the Yemeni people and severed its national unity and social fabric,” Daghr said.
The Yemeni government has called anew upon international human rights and humanitarian organizations to open their main offices in the temporary capital of Aden.
The legitimate Yemeni government has meanwhile restated that the situation is improving in Aden and territories liberated from the Houthis and Saleh-aligned militias.
The Cabinet has hailed Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s decision to transfer the headquarters of the House of Representatives to the temporary capital of Aden.
In the same context, the Aden Refinery Company has pumped 2,000 tons of diesel and 2,000 tons of oil into the company’s installations, following the end of a weeks-long strike by the company’s workers.
The workers’ union decided to end the strike and resume operations after Hadi visited to the company’s headquarters in Aden and met with executives.
Union chief Mohammad Abdullah Al-Musaibali said the strike had been lifted following a pledge by the president to study the workers’ demands.


Extremists kill 9 Syria regime fighters near Idlib: monitor

Updated 16 November 2018
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Extremists kill 9 Syria regime fighters near Idlib: monitor

  • Syria’s war has killed more than 360,000 people since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests
  • Extremist groups attacked government forces in the northwest of Hama province near a planned buffer zone

BEIRUT: Extremists on Friday killed nine Syrian regime fighters near a planned buffer zone around the country’s last major rebel bastion, a monitor said.
A September deal between government ally Russia and opposition backer Turkey aimed to set up a de-militarised zone around the northwestern region of Idlib to protect it from a regime assault.
But its implementation has been stalled since extremists who hold around 70 percent of the planned buffer area failed to withdraw by mid-October, and sporadic clashes have rocked the area since.
Early Friday, extremist groups attacked government forces in the northwest of Hama province near the planned buffer zone, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“Nine regime fighters and five assailants were killed” in the attack, causing government forces to respond with artillery fire, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The attackers included the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Deen group, which has publicly rejected the Russian-Turkish deal, he said.
The lion’s share of Idlib is held by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, an alliance led by Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate.
Under the September 17 deal, all fighters in the zone were supposed to withdraw their heavy weapons and militants including HTS and Hurras Al-Deen were supposed to leave.
On Thursday, Russian spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized “sporadic clashes,” as well as “provocations” by HTS in northwestern Syria.
Late last month, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem expressed dissatisfaction with the implementation of the Idlib deal, and criticized Turkey for shortcomings.
He said heavy weapons had not been withdrawn and accused Turkey of not wanting to “respect its obligations.”
Syria’s war has killed more than 360,000 people since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.