Party of former Yemeni president agrees to peace plan

Party of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is to accept UN peace plan as country falls into famine

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Photo by: AP

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Archive)

The General People’s Congress (GPC), party of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, announced in a statement that it is ready to accept a peace plan moderated by the United Nations in Oman.

“An official source at the General People's Congress reiterated the party's fast position on ending hostilities and raising the blockade and on a peaceful solution to Yemen's crisis," said the statement which sent via an email.

Hadi, who sees support by a Saudi-led military coalition, has rejected any proposed agreement until the Houthi militants along with forces loyal to Saleh enforce a UN resolution by withdrawing from the cities and surrendering their arms.

Nonetheless, he had also stated that his government would take part in the UN-sponsored negotiations if the Houthies commit to a public declaration of their acceptance to the resolution.

Gulf countries along with Hadi have reiterated that they find it very hard to believe Saleh or the Houthis of their commitment to implement any peace agreements, since they know them to have gone back on their word during previous political deals since the beginning of a transition from Saleh's rule in 2012.

Both the UN and international aid agencies have emphasised over the humanitarian cost induced by Yemen's civil war, both due to the constant fighting, and from a coalition blockade that has made the country’s resources scarce enough for it to reach famine.

The UN says 2,355 civilians have been killed in Yemen since late March, including at least 500 children dead, while 4,862 people have been injured and some 1.4 million people have fled their homes.

TRTWorld and agencies