Griffiths’ Plan on Yemen: Technocrat Government, No Houthi Weapons

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United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks to the press upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on March 24, 2018. Mohammed Huwais / AFP

A peace plan for Yemen calls on Houthi rebels to give up their ballistic missiles and for a transitional governance agreement, according to a draft document seen by Reuters Thursday.

The plan, drafted by special UN envoy Martin Griffiths, who is due to present a “framework for negotiations” in Yemen by mid-June, cites plans to create a transitional government, in which “political components shall be adequately represented,” including Houthis.

According to sources, the plan stipulates that “heavy and medium weapons including ballistic missiles shall be handed over by non-state military actors in an orderly and planned fashion.”
“No armed groups shall be exempt from disarmament,” it says.

A source also told Reuters, “the intention is to link security and political aspects starting with a cessation of fighting ... then to move toward a withdrawal of forces and the formation of a national unity government. This last objective could possibly be the hardest.”

Meanwhile, knowledgeable sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Griffiths informed Yemeni activists he had met in Cairo last Wednesday that the “the country would witness a transitory and participatory phase run by a technocrat government.”

A high-ranking UN official also told Asharq Al-Awsat that reports about the failure of Griffiths’ visit to Sanaa was “inaccurate,” adding that negotiations were still ongoing.

“The outcomes of those talks would reveal in the UN envoy’s report on Yemen expected to be revealed by mid-June,” the source said.

In a related development, informed sources in Sanaa told Asharq Al-Awsat that rebel militias were currently preparing a political umbrella of sectarian entities capable to absorb the General People’s Congress party and leaderships, who were loyal to late President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The sources said that those rebels are trying to foil any efforts to re-put together the ranks of the GPC.

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