James Carver MEP (Independent West Midlands)
West Midlands MEP James Carver has, in a speech in the European Parliament, argued that all possible solutions should be on the table, to help broker peace in war-torn Yemen.
He accused the international community of showing little interest in the country’s various political groups, highlighting how once homogenous groups have been factionalised.
Speaking in Strasbourg, Mr Carver stated the Southern Movement, which could have been a stabilising force, has instead become a group of warring factions. He also spoke of the reality of the proxy war in Yemen, arguing that peace could only be achieved with the withdrawal of Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
He urged the international community to engage honestly with local political leaders, respecting their concerns.
“Peace can only be built up from the base of local society in Yemen, and we should not prejudge political outcomes before genuine discussion,” he added.
Mr Carver, an Independent MEP, also blamed the international community, particularly the Gulf Alliance, for the crash of the Yemeni riyal, which is at an all-time low, sparking plans for demnstrations across the country.
He warned: “If there is civil unrest we can anticipate further loss of life, and the people to suffer will be the ordinary people of Yemen.”