Will Houthis be part of Yemen talks?

At the core of of the conflict is the deep distrust between Saudi Arabia and Iran.



Diplomacy gets another chance as fighting rages in Yemen between government forces and Houthi rebels sponsored by Iran. Earlier attempts by the United Nations to promote talks a couple of months ago failed because the two sides were unwilling to compromise on their positions. They even broke a truce because they did not see eye to eye, but the loss of life in the conflict, caused mostly by the terrorists, is making the two foes reconsider their views this time around.
A negotiated settlement under the UN banner is the best solution to the conflict which has claimed 5,400 lives in six months. Ordinary Yemenis have suffered enough after the Houthis swept through the country and took control of the capital Sanaa last year. The port of Aden fell early this year.
The government of President Hadi is supported by Arab troops, and the coalition succeeded in taking back Aden from the rebels, who have been pushed back by the offensive. The GCC will be talking from a position of strength if they decide to go ahead with negotations.
The Houthis are clearly at a disadvantage and it is not known when the talks will be held, or if this a false start, but there is a sliver of hope for peace, however remote it may be.
At the core of of the conflict is the deep distrust between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The regime in Tehran has not come out openly in support the Houthis but it is clear that a proxy war is being waged using the rebels.
This has become a habit with Iran, which has sown sectarian strife in the Middle East by meddling in the affairs of Gulf states. The United Nations hopes negotiations could start by the end of October. No date has been set because it is not clear who will sit across the table. Will the Houthis be part of the solution when they are the problem?


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