Negotiations to renew the truce between Sana’a and the Saudi-Emirati aggression coalition have stalled due to the failure to reach an agreement guaranteeing the implementation of Sanaa’s demands, especially regarding the salaries of the state’s employees, diplomatic sources told Al-Thawra Newspaper.
According to the diplomatic sources, the proposal, which was recently submitted by the UN envoy and announced by the pro-coalition authority, was not clear and did not include many important points. It also included points that Sana’a rejected, as follows:
The UN proposal did not include anything confirming the continuity of spending in the armistice and afterwards, which Sana’a rejects, as it considers that the salary of state employees is a fundamental right that cannot continue to be denied and Sana’a maintains that the obligation to provide state salaries should be unrelated to the war.
The proposal did not include any guarantees of its fulfillment, which Sanaa rejected, due to the coalition’s previous lack of commitment in many matters, most notably the trips to Cairo.
Moreover, information indicates that the proposal excluded a large segment of Yemen’s employees, including the salaries of the Ministry of Defense and Interior, as well as the pensions of retirees of the Ministry of Defense and Interior, although Sanaa demands the salaries of this segment according to the 2014 statements.
According to the information, the proposal did not include guarantees to address the disbursement of employees’ salaries and retirees’ pensions which have been cut off since the end of 2016.
The proposal links the salary disbursement procedure to the government loyal to the coalition, and despite Sanaa’s proposal that the procedures be through the United Nations, this proposal was rejected.
The government loyal to the coalition refused to specify the type of currency, which Sana’a considered an attempt to impose acceptance of the printed currency without a cash cover, which would cause the currency to collapse in its regions.
The pro-coalition government refused to guarantee the disbursement of the proceeds from Yemeni national resources and left its position on this point unclear in the proposal, which Sana’a rejects, and considers it an attempt to delay it later.