Yemen's Houthi group and its ally, former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh's party, said today, they were ready to commit themselves to ceasefire, and join a unity government, in line with a road map put forward by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.
"We agree to the ceasefire as of Nov 17 (today), as long as the other side commits to implement the truce terms," said Houthis and Saleh's party, in a joint statement.
On Tuesday, Kerry, during his recent Gulf tour, announced the ceasefire in the Omani capital Muscat, saying that, the Houthi group and the Saudi-led coalition had agreed on a cessation starting Thursday. He met with representatives of Houthis and Saudi-led coalition, backing Yemeni internationally recognised exiled President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. "We also agree to the arrangements set out by UN envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed,
for attending the peace talks, proposed to be held by the end of this current month," they said.
The agreement aimed to pave the way for resuming the UN-sponsored peace talks between Houthis, Saleh's party and the Saudi-led coalition. Kerry said, the road map was strongly supported by the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
"We declare our commitment to join a national unity government in the capital Sanaa, before the end of this year," they added.
However, Hadi's Foreign Minister, Abdel-Malik al-Mekhlafi, responded to Kerry's road map as "no more than a media bubble."
"The government was not aware of what Secretary Kerry announced about reaching an agreement with Houthis," Mekhlafi wrote on his official Twitter page.
Mekhlafi said, Kerry's announcement was in conflict with UN Security Council Resolution 2216.
In the resolution, the Security Council demands that the Houthis withdraw from all areas seized during the latest conflicts, relinquish arms seized from military and security institutions, cease all actions falling exclusively within the authority of the legitimate Yemeni government, and fully implement previous council resolutions.
The new proposed road map called for naming a new vice president, after the withdrawal of the Shiite Houthi rebels from the capital Sanaa.
It also suggested forming a new government, formed by the warring sides and not be led by Hadi, who would transfer his power to the new vice president.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.