Fighting in Sana’a since yesterday, especially around the Presidential palace, the targeting of Prime Minister Bahah's convoy and the attempt to besiege the Republican Palace where the Prime Minister held meetings clearly aim at derailing Yemen’s democratic transition under the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative.
All parties must step back immediately from conflict in Sana’a, Marib and other parts of the country. Violence and conflict impede the government from delivering services and the international community from assisting the country, making Yemen’s poorest people suffer the most.
Should differences of opinion over Yemen’s roadmap of democratic transition persist, the GCC Initiative, the National Dialogue Outcomes and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement collectively provide a comprehensive mechanism, endorsed by all of Yemen’s political components, to resolve these.
We also call on Ansar Allah to immediately release the Head of the President's Office and Secretary of the National Dialogue Secretariat, Dr Ahmed bin Mubarak.