UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Sunday threatened to use military force to change Houthi accounts on the ground and force them to resume the political process, stressing his country's commitment to achieving a "political solution" to the conflict in Yemen.
Gargash accused the Houthis and their Iranian allies of obstructing the peace agreement and defying the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, according to the UAE's WAM news agency, which quoted the same remarks with a series of political meetings held by Gargash with senior UN officials and non-governmental organizations this week in New York to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict and to achieve a more hopeful future for all of Yemen, according to the agency.
"We remain committed to supporting the implementation of the Stockholm Convention," WAM quoted the UAE minister as optimistic. "After years of fighting, the Stockholm talks were a rare opportunity to move from military confrontation to political negotiations. An obligation to transform the Convention into a fait accompli."
Gargash told WAM that close to 1,000 cases of violations of the cease-fire by the Houthis have been documented over the past weeks, killing 71 of Yemeni troops and injuring 534 others. "We call upon the international community to convince the Houthis and their supporters that they will bear the responsibility of the collapse of the Convention if they continue to ignore compliance with their international legal obligations,"