The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Jamal bin Omar, said Tuesday that Yemenis themselves must resolve the conflict that has plagued the country for more than 10 months now.
"The solution to the issue of Yemen can only be Yemeni," the envoy said.
Yet the UN resolution that is now before Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is anything but Yemeni.
The resolution, which was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council (which doesn’t include Yemen), calls on Saleh to sign a power-sharing agreement that was first drafted by the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional grouping led by Saudi Arabia.
That power-sharing agreement was drafted by regional governments and Yemen’s political opposition. Negotiations did not include the protesters who have been in the streets since January.