Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yemen declares end to war with Houthis

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said in an interview to be aired Friday that six years of war with Houthi fighters that drove 250,000 people from their homes in the northern mountains are now over.
"We can say the war is over," Saleh told Al-Arabiya in the interview, referring to the war in the north that has raged on and off since 2004. An
Saleh said that the successful implementation of a February 12 ceasefire with the fighters was a "sign that the war has ended and that this is not just a passing truce."
He also added that there were positive signs of the fighters'' commitment to ending the war such as removing landmines, opening roads, removing roadblocks and releasing prisoners.
Yemen had said on Thursday it would free Shi'ite fighters prisoners within days under the truce deal, a day after the fighters released at least 170 government soldiers and tribesmen who fought alongside the state.
The president also vowed to stand down in 2013 as the constitution requires
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