There is a new attempt by the United Nations to resolve the Yemeni crisis, as UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg announced a plan for peace in the country, and it is assumed that consultations will begin with all Yemeni parties to develop a plan and framework for a comprehensive political settlement in early March.
In a new briefing to the Security Council, Grundberg said that he will start a series of bilateral consultations with the warring parties, political parties and civil society, as well as Yemeni political, security and economic experts, stressing that these consultations are an opportunity for the Yemeni parties to chart a possible peaceful way forward.
Grundberg’s tour is expected to include the temporary capital, Aden, in addition to Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis.
The legitimate Yemeni government confirmed that Grundberg’s visit will focus on general issues, including reducing the level of military escalation, especially with regard to the Arab coalition’s air operations, the Houthis’ use of ballistic missiles and drones against Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, and the resumption of prisoner exchange talks, in addition to delving into files related to humanitarian work and the economic truce, and the normalization of service conditions in Yemeni cities.
Yemeni circles see that the Grundberg project is nothing but a reproduction of determinants previously set by former Special Envoy Martin Griffiths at the beginning of his work in Yemen.
Mahmoud al-Ahmadi, a Yemeni political analyst, said that Grundberg’s tour has no political value, as it will not be different from the talks that preceded it, and there are no indications of any positive outcome of those talks due to the Houthi militia’s intransigence in understanding and its insistence on violating laws.
Ahmadi confirmed in an exclusive statement to the Reference that the Houthis have nothing new that can be presented to these talks, as they insist on not ending the war because they are among the biggest beneficiaries of it, but all they can offer is a temporary calm, and then everything returns like previously, which is the scenario seen every time UN talks have taken place.
Meanwhile, Mohamed al-Hamairi, a Yemeni professor of political science, said that the American talks do nothing more than prolong the war in Yemen, as they know very well that the talks will not work due to the intransigence of the Houthis. Rather, it gives the Houthis more legitimacy when they are welcomed at the dialogue table.
Humairi stressed to the Reference that Yemen has become a large pie of which all countries, especially foreign countries, are accelerating to obtain a piece of it and achieve political interests consistent with the goals of the West, the most important of which is prolonging the war in Yemen.