Member of the Supreme Political Council (SPC), the highest ruling authority in Sana’a, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi has said that a diplomatic solution is what we focus on and constantly call for, and we do what we can to reach an agreement at the national level if foreign interference is left.
In his response to the questions of the British journalist and Senior Yemen Analyst at International Crisis Group member Peter Salisbury, al-Houthi said that the intervention of America, Saudi Arabia, Britain, the UAE and the allied coalition countries had caused the destruction, killing and targeting of Yemeni people, including the destruction of Yemen’s facilities and its infrastructure.
He added, “A diplomatic solution is what we are constantly calling for, and we demanded it in the National Dialogue Conference and it was talked about that no one is permitted to be bullying abroad, but we found the opposite that there is bullying abroad and a declaration with the participation of 17 countries, and if foreign intervention stopped, we would reach solutions before a single drop of blood falls”.
The Supreme Political Council’s member indicated that the United Nations is looking for how to satisfy the Saudi-led coalition countries by adopting all what those countries present to it while not accepting any proposals presented by the National Authority in Sanaa.
“We have presented a comprehensive solution document that includes just solutions for all Yemenis, which are not impossible solutions, but we demand minimum solutions that must save the Yemeni people to stop the war on Yemeni people,” he said.
He hoped that the United Nations would change its approach and move in the right direction, and not make what the countries of Saudi coalition, America, Britain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates want the focus of the discussion that could be undone.
In his response to a question regarding the joint declaration of the UN envoy, he said, “We made proposals on the joint declaration, but they were not understood, so the envoy was informed that he would go first to persuade Saudi Arabia, America, the countries of Saudi coalition and their forces to announce the declaration and when he went to the coalition, the coalition had referred the matter to its mercenaries who refused the declaration”.
“It is strange that they talk about our obstruction of the joint declaration while the truth is that the other party is the one who rejected it,” he added.
Mohammad al-Houthi called on the United Nations to be impartial and not to depend on the team that worked with the former envoy Ould Sheikh, as well as not to adopt the mechanism that Ould Sheikh was working with that led to failure, adding” we advise the current envoy for Yemen for that, but he continued to that mechanism, therefore, he hasn’t gotten a result yet.”
The Supreme Political Council’s member affirmed that civilians should not be targeted, adding “It is not in our dictionary to target civilians, and if it was in our dictionary to target them, that would have emerged clearly.”
He reiterated the demand for the formation of investigative committees into the crimes committed against civilians.
He said, “We have called on the United Nations repeatedly to form true independent committees to make sure the direct targeting as well as the double targeting by the coalition on the areas under the authority of the Supreme Political Council, yet they turn the conversation to the contrary in order to mislead the enormous numbers of civilians who were killed due to the crimes of the Saudi-led coalition.
Regarding communication with tribes in Marib and elsewhere, al-Houthi said that communication continues so that blood is not shed and the Republic of Yemen is preserved.