UN envoy in cahoots with invaders: Yemen’s Houthi movement
The Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement has slammed the UN’s Yemen envoy for failing to speak the truth about the situation on the ground in the conflict-torn country, saying the diplomat is in fact siding with the invaders by keeping silent on Saudi crimes.
UN Special Envoy for Yemen “Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed cannot utter a word of truth,” Mohammad Abdulsalam, Ansarullah’s spokesman, told Yemen’s al-Masirah television network on Tuesday.
Abdulsalam, whose movement has been defending Yemen against a deadly Saudi war, further said the United Nations “only seeks to cover up the invaders’ crimes and the issue of Yemen’s blockade.”
The UN envoy “is unfortunately in cahoots with the invaders,” he added.
The Ansarullah official further pointed to a recent visit by the UN envoy to the capital, Sana’a, saying the enemy carried out numerous attacks against Yemen during Cheikh Ahmed’s stay, but he showed no reaction.
The United Nations has suffered a vehement defeat in its peacemaking efforts aimed at ending the crisis in Yemen, he added.
The Saudi war on Yemen, which local sources say has killed at least 11,400 people, was launched in an unsuccessful attempt to bring back the former government to power.
Several ceasefires brokered by the United Nations have failed to hold amid incessant Saudi attacks. The UN-backed peace talks have also repeatedly broken down.
On January 23, Cheikh Ahmed concluded a mission to Yemen, calling for a comprehensive political settlement of the conflict gripping the Arabian Peninsula state.
The UN diplomat said he had met with Ansarullah and the General People’s Congress leaders, and the two sides had agreed on talks in Jordan on the formation of a ceasefire committee before the UN-sponsored peace talks later this year.