YEMEN Press Agency

Sanaa throws ball into coalition court, initiative to open roads in Taiz waits for response

SANAA, June. 08 (YPA) – A file of opening roads in Taiz and the rest of the provinces is still stumbling despite the passage of two rounds of negotiations in the Jordanian capital, Amman, due to the intransigence of the Saudi-led coalition party, which rejects the proposals submitted by the Sanaa Military Negotiating Committee.

In a report issued by Yemeni Press Agency, the coalition’s extremism has pushed Sanaa to present a unilateral initiative to open three roads as a first stage, including the roads of “Karsh al-Sharija al-Raha’a, al-Zayla’i al-Surmin Salh, the 50th Street and Air Defense, Bir Pasha,” which will contribute that to opening of closed roads by the coalition in the rest of the other governorates, including the Marib province, this was unacceptable by the other part.

The head of the coalition delegation in the Amman talks, Abdul Karim Shaiban, confirmed that any attempts to open roads by the Sanaa party would undermine the Amman talks, according to his claim.

The coalition’s refractoriness had put many questions about the intentions of the coalition side from the talks and its insistence on focusing on opening the roads of Taiz without other provinces, even though the UN truce agreement did not provide for opening all roads, but rather opening roads without any designation or identification, which was confirmed by the Deputy Foreign Minister in Sanaa Hussein Al-Ezzi.

Meanwhile, Sanaa confirmed that the goal of the coalition party and its impossible conditions was to obtain a military loophole that would enable them to complete control of the city, and opening new ports would deprive the coalition’s tools of imposing the royalties on goods and tankers,” Abdul-Malik Al-Ajri, a member of the Sanaa negotiating delegation, affirmed that.

The coalition’s impossible conditions during the two rounds of negotiations in the Jordanian capital Amman had prevented any progress in the road file, which confirms that the coalition party does not want to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis as much as it seeks to achieve political and partisan gains in order to serve its military goals that it failed to achieve.

That was confirmed by the head of the Sanaa Military Committee, Major General Abdullah Yahya Al-Razami, during his meeting with the European Union Ambassador to Yemen, Gabriel Munuera Viñals, after the end of the second round of negotiations.

Hours after Major General Al-Razami’s statements, the Sanaa Military Committee returned to the capital, Sanaa, accompanied by the UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, declaring Sanaa’s readiness to open the aforementioned roads, despite the demands of the other side. It was opening one road in Taiz.

Major General Al-Razami said in a news statement that the committee would wait for the other side to be serious about implementing the initiative, which means that Sanaa threw the ball into the court of the coalition party, which no statement has yet been issued confirming its readiness to implement the initiative.

In contrast to Sanaa, which has affirmed its keenness to alleviate the suffering of the citizens and presented initiatives for that, the coalition party seems more insistent on obstruction, so that the file of opening roads remains dependent on what the United Nations, which sponsors the negotiations, will do. Will the United Nations put pressure on the coalition side for the sake of consensus and resolving the complications in this file, which is still pending today?.