The announcement by Houthi rebels in Yemen that they are forming a new government “does not serve the interests of the people” of the Gulf state according to the UN Special Envoy to the conflict-ridden country.
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that the unilateral declaration of a new government in the capital, Sana’a, represented a “concerning obstacle” to the peace process.
The conflict between the Houthis, and forces loyal to the government who are fighting to wrest back control of the capital, intensified last year and 14 million are food insecure, according to the UN.
The envoy said there was “still a chance to pull Yemen back from the brink” but the warring parties had to reach a political settlement based on UN-sponsored negotiations.
He urged all parties “to recommit and to fully respect the terms and conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities” agreement which would end fighting and increase vital humanitarian aid.