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Yemen sets timetable for rebels to implement truce terms

by Staff Writers
Sanaa (AFP) Feb 6, 2010
Yemen has set a timetable for Shiite rebels to implement the government's terms for a ceasefire in their six-year-old uprising in the northern mountains, a presidential adviser said on Saturday.

The details have been transmitted to rebel leader Abdul Malak al-Huthi through a go-between, Abdul Karim al-Ariani told reporters.

"After the agreement by the Huthis to the six conditions, the high security committee has drawn up an implementation timetable which will be overseen by five parliamentary committees," Ariani said.

"If they agree to it and sign it, the war will end immediately," he said.

At the end of last month, the rebels offered to accept the five conditions originally set by the government for a ceasefire.

But the government rejected the offer, saying the rebels also needed to accept a sixth key condition -- a promise to stop attacking Saudi territory.

The rebels say they have withdrawn from all of the Saudi territory that they occupied after border clashes in December but are continuing to come under Saudi attack inside Yemen.

A statement on the rebels' website on Thursday said that Saudi air raids had killed 14 people, including women and children.

As the peace feelers have faltered over the past week, there has been renewed fighting between the rebels and the army.

Shiite rebels killed 23 Yemeni soldiers in twin attacks in the northern mountains on Friday, tribal and rebel sources said.

The rebels also attacked the home of a leading trial chief in Saada province, Othman Mujalli, who is a member of the Yemeni parliament and recently rallied to the government, provincial officials said.

Mortar fire killed Mujalli's son, Hamid, and four other civilians, they said.

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