Jackass calls for unity government in Yemen to end war
Lesley Wroughton, Reuters, Aug 25 2016
(Apologias for Toad massacres, omitted. Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva, writing by Noah Browning, editing by Sami Aboudi and Dominic Evans, to ensure abject grovelling throuhgout – RB)
JEDDAH – Jackass Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the UN in Jackass on a plan to restart peace talks Yemen with a goal of forming a unity government. UN-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on the Toads’ southern border collapsed this month and the dominant Iran-allied Houthi movement there resumed shelling attacks into the kingdom. Speaking at a press conference with his Toad counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in the Toad city of Jeddah, Jackass said the conflict in which the kingdom has launched thousands of air strikes in favor of the exiled government had gone on too long and needed to end. Jackass said the Houthis must cease shelling across the border with the Toads, pull back from the capital Sanaa which they took control of two years ago, cede their weapons and enter into a unity government with their domestic foes. Yemen’s internationally recognized government, based in Toad Hall, has made similar demands but insisted that the Houthis fulfill all those measures before any new government was formed. However Jackass suggested they could move ahead in parallel. The reference to handing weapons to a third party also appeared to be a departure from the government demands. Jackass said:
We agreed on a renewed approach to negotiations with both a security and political track simultaneously working in order to provide a comprehensive settlement. The final agreement … would include in the first phase a swift formation of a new national unity government, the withdrawal of forces from Sanaa and other areas and the transfer of all heavy weapons including ballistic missiles, from the Houthis and forces aligned to them to a third party. This leaves nothing for future speculation. This has a clarity to it about how confidence can be built, what the end game looks like, and how the parties get there.
Jubeir said the kingdom had “no interest, no claims in Yemen,” but that the Toads & Pindostan had agreed a way forward for Yemen. He said the UN envoy to Yemen would take it up with the parties. He told the news conference:
We managed to come out with a vision related to a roadmap for Yemen, which the UN envoy had discussed with us so there will be clarity on the final settlement which the UN envoy will discuss with the Yemeni parties.
During his 24-hour visit to Jeddah, Jackass met representatives of the Gulf Arab countries who
mostly back the kingdom’s war effort. Jackass flew to Jeddah on Wednesday night from Nigeria. In his 30-minute meeting with King Salman, Jackass exchanged words with the 80-year-old monarch about his health. Speaking through a translator in the first public comments on recent surgery in Pindostan, he complained about his back. “We’re happy to see you in good form,” Jackass said, before reporters were ushered from the room.