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Arab League to hold extraordinary meeting on Yemen

15 February 2015 17:40

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The Arab League says it will hold an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday on the ongoing situation in Yemen, where the Houthi movement has taken control of the capital, Sana’a.

“The purpose of the meeting is to review the recent dangerous developments on the Yemeni scene,” Arab League deputy head, Ahmed bin Helli, told reporters at the body’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.

He added that it is up to foreign ministers of the Arab League to take “an Arab stand” after reviewing all aspects of the situation in Yemen.

Security Council’s meeting

Arab foreign ministers are planning to hold the special meeting as the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is expected to meet on Yemen on Sunday to discuss a resolution calling on the Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters to “immediately and unconditionally” withdraw from Yemen’s government institutions or face consequences.

The draft resolution will also urge the Ansarullah revolutionaries to engage in UN-sponsored peace talks and release President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who resigned last month, from house arrest.

It is also expected to call on all parties in the Arab country to “cease all armed hostilities against the people and the legitimate authorities of Yemen and relinquish the arms seized from Yemen’s military and security institutions.”

Peace talks

Representatives from major Yemeni political parties resumed UN-brokered talks on February 9 in a bid to reach a consensus aimed at overcoming the ongoing impasse in the Arab country.

Representatives of Ansarullah movement and its allies met with members of opposing political parties in Sana’a for the first time after last week’s formation of a transitional council by Shia Houthi fighters.

In September 2014, Ansarullah fighters gained control of Sana’a, following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of the country’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Ansarullah revolutionaries say the Yemeni government has been incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and providing security.

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