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KT edit: Pursuit of peace in Yemen can be rewarding

Filed on November 6, 2019 | Last updated on November 6, 2019 at 08.53 pm

The pursuit of peace is in itself a noble objective. It makes men out of juveniles.

The pursuit of peace can be more exciting that the perils that lie in wait for those who pursue it relentlessly. A lot of talking has been going on in Yemen to drown out the fighting that has bled and ruined the country. The latest drive towards silencing the guns in Yemen has taken compromise - a little give and take - while not shifting the eyes away from the larger picture for the welfare of the country and its people. More importantly, each party has been willing to sacrifice for a cause which is bigger than them - both enduring and often painful - towards prosperity, fairness, justice, and reconciliation.

The pursuit of peace is in itself a noble objective. It makes men out of juveniles. Only the brave approach the sentiment with a fair degree of confidence despite the uncertainties that are thrown at them. They are determined and will not turn back from their stated goals. It takes courage and character, and men who can rise above mere spirit of leadership to find that elevated status of statesmenship.

Yemen has a long history of strife and conflicts thrust upon a population that simply wants to get on with their lives without further ado and conflict. They want to live in a secure country that provides for them and cares for their well-being. The past has been hoary and bloody. Dictators and militias lorded over the country's destiny. Not anymore, thanks to the UAE and Saudi Arabia who have Yemen's core interests at heart. They have an affinity for the Yemeni people, who they consider their own.

The gains made by the Arab coalition in the South against the Houthi militia were on the precipice as factions flung themselves into a fresh round of fighting but the UAE and Saudi Arabia mediated in the nick of time to revive negotiations and restore calm on the ground. With the southern region firmly in government control under the new deal, the Arab coalition can put all their combined efforts to make the Houthis see sense in the North. Fighting is futile, they must understand. This is their time to rewrite Yemeni history by joining hands with the government and the coalition. Will they grab the opportunity presented to them?

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