Sana’a (GPA) – Yemen’s Sana’a-based government has released a six-point reconciliation plan and initiated an international diplomatic tour to spearhead the peace process.
Ansarullah — which western media reduces to simply “the Houthis” — has submitted a comprehensive peace plan to the United Nations. Chairman of Sana’a’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, announced the plan on Thursday via his Twitter and social media accounts. Mr. al-Houthi’s Facebook account — both his personal account and public page — are frequently deactivated and censored by the Facebook team.
“Houthis” Take Bold Steps to Initiate Peace Process
The reconciliation plan reaffirms Ansarullah’s commitment to maintaining the unity and territorial integrity of Yemen. It is worth mentioning that an entity belonging to the Saudi-led coalition known as the Southern Movement recently took control of Yemen’s south following a coup. This movement aims to see Yemen split once again into North and South.
The statement submitted by Mr. al-Houthi includes the following six points to end the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen and begin the peace process.
- Form a reconciliation committee.
- Elect a national president and governing body that incorporates all political parties representing the Yemeni people.
- The international community should initiate reconstruction and reparations.
- Take action to end foreign aggression and influence.
- All parties must release all political prisoners.
- Include additional issues for referendum.
Mr. al-Houthi added that the blockade must end and Yemeni people would hold the United Nations responsible for the current humanitarian disaster should they fail to adhere to the peace plan.
Ansarullah’s peace initiative comes as the war against Yemen begins to enter its fourth year. Saudi coalition airstrikes have killed and injured over 35,000 people in the past three years while the blockade and siege have killed thousands more.
The reconciliation plan announced by Mr. al-Houthi is Ansarullah’s effort to initiate a peace process outside the dominance of Riyadh — who has organized and dictated previous peace talks along with the United States. Just weeks ago, Mr. al-Houthi reiterated Ansrullah’s willingness to enter a peace process.
Mr. al-Houthi’s Tweet.
قدمنا هذه المبادرة بين يدي مجلس الأمن والامم المتحدة هكذا رسميا pic.twitter.com/YBHaYnYgCi
— محمد علي الحوثي (@Moh_Alhouthi) February 21, 2018
Ansarullah Delegation Defies Saudi Travel Ban to Begin International Diplomatic Tour
A member of Yemen’s Political Council, Abdulmalik al-Ajri, joined official Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam for an international diplomatic outreach tour.
Although no locations or dates were announced (likely for security reasons), the delegation has visited Berlin, Tehran, and Muscat thus far. In Muscat, Ansarullah leaders met with the British foreign minister to Oman who often plays a mediation roll in the Yemen conflict.
Ansarullah sources say the visits will include several European and Arab countries to bolster efforts for an international peace process. The meetings will also help Ansarullah gain international recognition as a legitimate political party and governing body. This is especially important because Saudi Arabia and their parrots throughout western media have consistently referred to Ansarullah as an “Iranian-backed militia” — despite no evidence of any connection to Iran.
Mr. Salam and Mr. al-Ajri’s visit is particularly notable considering the fact that Riyadh has initiated a travel ban for all prominent members of the Ansarullah movement. However, the land, air, and sea, blockade also prohibits Yemeni civilians from traveling as well.
This is all part of Saudi Arabia’s effort to isolate Yemen from the international stage. In addition to triggering a famine and humanitarian disaster, the blockade and siege have also created a media blackout by restricting foreign journalists from entering.
Washington’s Participation in Warcrimes
Far from a mere passive observer, the United States provides both military and intelligence support to Emirati and Saudi-backed forces. Saudi airstrikes and ground operations have killed and injured over 35,000 people in the past three years.
US forces provide intelligence support for selecting airstrike targets. Riyadh’s airstrike campaign frequently targets markets, homes, cars, media crews, farms, factories, prisons, and even ambulance crews entering bomb sites. This affirms Washington’s direct participation in gruesome war crimes and arguably genocide against the Yemeni people.
United States Navy ships enforce the siege and blockade throughout the Red Sea by prohibiting aid and cargo ships from docking in resistance-held territory such as Hodeidah port. (It’s also worth mentioning that Saudi airstrikes destroyed the port’s cranes a while back.)
Over eight million Yemenis face direct famine due to the land, air, and sea blockade which severely restricts food, aid, salaries, flow of movement, and vital medical supplies. Saudi Arabia demanded the closure of Yemen’s main airport in Sana’a and subsequently destroyed its infrastructure.
Sana’a Under Ansarullah Control
Saudi Arabia and the United States view the Ansarullah movement as an existential threat due to their anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist position.
Prior to December, Ansarullah along with the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his party, the General Peoples Congress, formed an alliance against the Saudi-led coalition. Throughout the course of the war, Saleh — a previous ally of George Bush Jr. — coordinated with the Saudi coalition behind closed doors.
This scheme manifested into an attempted coup in December — orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. The coup ultimately failed and Saleh died.
Ansarullah now has full control of Yemen’s northern provinces.
The movement initiated their revolution with support from the Yemeni people in September of 2014 — Saudi Arabia launched their war shortly later in March of 2015.
Despite the devastation from Riyadh’s airstrike campaign, Ansarullah have managed to improve the quality of life for many Yemenis.
Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees have eradicated all al-Qaeda and ISIS elements from their territory. Although the blockade has destroyed the Yemeni economy, Ansarullah has improved financial self-reliance outside the US-dominated global economic system.
Perhaps most remarkable are Sana’a’s increased defense capabilities — both in the form of weapons programs and tactical achievement. Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees have improved naval missiles, developed long-range ballistic missiles, manufactured air defense weapons, and formulated a highly-skilled sniper unit.
The sniper unit operates behind enemy lines in Saudi provinces killing Saudi soldiers and mercenaries. This is in retaliation for the ongoing airstrike campaign which targets civilians.
Last week, President of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, explained that Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees are willing to end the ballistic missile strikes on Saudi territory provided Riyadh end their devastating airstrike campaign.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.