Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, said on Sunday that the Houthis’ intransigence in the recent Amman talks had thwarted efforts to release all prisoners of war.
“We offered the Houthis to visit their prisoners, but we did not find any seriousness or sincere determination on their part. The Houthis give priority to the fuel file over the file of their most humane prisoners,” he said.
Al-Maliki confirmed that the Coalition is making unremitting efforts against the intransigence of the Houthis to release all prisoners and reunite the families. “The Amman meetings aim to finalize the list of prisoners and detainees to be released. The meetings discussed the exchange of lists of the names of about 2,000 detainees and prisoners, including 600 Houthi prisoners of the legitimate government, in addition to 1,200 detainees and prisoners held by the Houthi militia, in preparation for their release,” he said noting that the rest of the names that have not been confirmed are referred to the committee dealing with the exchange of dead bodies and the committee for the search of the missing.
Al-Maliki said the implementation of this agreement, which was announced in the Swedish talks, faced obstacles represented in the Houthis’ denial about the presence of thousands of prisoners and detainees, in addition to submitting the names of those killed in confrontations among their members on the lists of prisoners held by the Yemeni National Army,” he pointed out.