The Supreme Political Council of Yemen has referred a request by the United Nations to extend the UN-brokered truce for further review and evaluation. The current ceasefire is set to expire on June 2.
The Council, in its meeting headed by President Mahdi al-Mashat, took into account the extent of the coalition’s commitment to the current truce’s items, with placing the opening of roads in Taiz and other provinces in order to alleviate the suffering of citizens according to the terms of the truces and its priorities.
The Council stressed the importance of the commitment of the United Nations and the coalition controlling oil and gas wealth, port revenues, and the operations of the Central Bank, whose functions were transferred to Aden, to pay the overdue all state’s employee salaries and ensure the sustainability of their disbursement, as this comes within the humanitarian file.
The meeting expressed its dissatisfaction with the obstruction of the arrival of ships of oil derivatives to the port of Hodeida, the delay in the conduct of flights to Sana’a, the failure in opening the destination of Cairo so far, and the negligence of the United Nations in carrying out its duty.
It stressed that “the failure to compensate the number of ships and flights and their destinations would threaten the chances of extending the truce that the coalition demanded and affects the credibility of the United Nations and its envoy.”
The Council reiterated its firm stance towards a just and honourable peace that would enhance the sovereignty and independence of Yemen.
It also stressed that dealing seriously with the humanitarian file without fragmentation in order to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, who have suffered from siege and aggression for more than seven years, is the correct approach.
In this context, the Supreme Political Council saluted the steadfastness of the Yemeni people who are facing siege, an economic and media war, and conspiracies of the coalition of aggression and its mercenaries.
The Council praised “the role of the heroes of the army and Popular Committees on the various fronts of pride and dignity,” calling for constant combat vigilance.
The council indicated that “there are many military arrangements and preparations made by the coalition side and its mercenaries, despite the announced truce.”
In addition, the meeting congratulated the Yemeni people on the 32nd anniversary of Yemeni unity, expressing a wish that “the 33rd anniversary would come when Yemen will achieve freedom and independence and expel the occupation and foreign forces from every inch of Yemen.”