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UN Envoy Unveils Details of Yemen Peace Plan

Nov. 1, 2016 (EIRNS)— United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed presented a UN Security Council meeting his peace plan to end the conflict in Yemen. It envisages a new vice-president for Yemen and a national unity government. The Russian government has expressed support of the initiative.

"The roadmap includes establishing military and security committees to be able to oversee the delivery of weapons and the withdrawals from Sana’a, Hodeida and Taiz,"

Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.

"The military committees are supposed to ensure the end of military violence and to supervise the safety and security of citizens and the institutions of the Yemeni country."

Among the measures proposed are

"the appointment of a new vice-president, formation of a national unity government to lead the transitional period, overseeing the resumption of political dialogue and then holding the elections."

He said these are

"in line with 2216’s Security Council resolution and in line also with the initiative of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the outcomes of the national dialogue."

"I’ve been informed that there is a tendency among the Yemeni rivals to reject the roadmap, but this is an indication for the Yemeni political elite’s inability to overcome their differences and to put the public interest above anything else,"

he said.

Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Oleg Ozerov told Sputnik that Russia supports the proposal.

"Russia from the very beginning has advocated and continues to back the idea of fastest cessation of hostilities and search for a political solution to the conflict"

in Yemen, said Ozerov. According to the ambassador, peaceful and political solutions to this conflict do exist.

"Within such solutions, Russia supports the efforts by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who is working very actively, including with the active support from Russia."

"In order to emphasize our visible efforts in this regard, I would like to say that Russian Ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin has several days ago, on Oct. 16, arrived to Riyadh and will actively aid efforts made by [UN Special Envoy] Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on finding practical solutions to reaching a ceasefire and taking the situation from the level of an armed confrontation to the level of political dialogue on existing platforms,"

Ozerov said.