Houthi statements on prisoners' exchange 'media, political manipulation', Gov't

2021-04-07 | Since 2 Week

Muammar Al-Eryani

ADEN (Debriefer)--Yemen's internationally recognised government said on Tuesday the Houthi proposal to exchange all war prisoners in the holy month of Ramadan is not serious.

The statements of the Iran-backed Houthi group on prisoners' exchange are for political and media manipulation, misleading prisoners' families making efforts to release their relatives, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Muammar Al-Eryani said.

At talk rounds, the group insists on releasing prisoners of specific families and regions, he said, blaming it for the failure of the latest round of talks in Jordan.

At the talks in Amman, it put unacceptable conditions and explicitly threatened to release its prisoners in Marib province by force, he said.

In Jordan, it refused to discuss the four abductees included in a resolution by the United Nations Security Council, clarify their fate; allow them to communicate with their families; or include abducted politicians, journalists, academics, human rights defenders and activists in illegal detention centers in the exchange list, he said.

He called on the international community and the UN envoy to Yemen to prioritize the prisoners' file in their efforts and put pressure on the Houthis to fulfill their obligations according to the Sweden agreement and release all prisoners on basis of "all for all" during Ramadan.

On Monday, senior Houthi leader Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi proposed to release all prisoners in Ramadan.

We demand a comprehensive swap of prisoners and reiterate that this is a completely humanitarian file which should not be subject to specific lists or persons, he wrote on Twitter.

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