Sana'a (Debriefer) Ignoring the Houthi main demands will further prolong war on Yemen, the Houthi foreign minister said Sunday in remarks carried by the Sana'a-based Saba.
The Houthi group agreed to extend the truce in order to pave way for "peace sponsors to respond to the Yemeni people's humanitarian demands and ease sufferings lived by millions of people," Hisham Sharaf added.
At top of these demands is allocation of funds needed for civil servants payment from local revenues, mainly income gained from oil and gas exports and ports and airports, he said.
The Houthi group asked for improvement of economic and humanitarian situations as a precondition to extend the UN-brokered truce.
Any truce should be accompanied by concrete improvement of economic and humanitarian situations for the Yemeni people, including payment of all the public employees and retirees, head of the Houthi Supreme Political Council said late last July at meeting with Omani delegation.
The group also demanded "cessation of the war and full reopening of Sana'a international airport and Hodeida port," Mahdi al-Mashat added. These "are fair demands implying no concessions from the other party."
On 2 August, the UN envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said the parties to Yemen's war agreed to extend the 2-month truce until 2 October.