UN reiterates commitment to Stockholm deal full application

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2019-09-24 | Since 3 Week

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The United Nations on Monday reiterated its commitment to pressing for full application of Stockholm Agreement reached by Yemeni rivals, as the

The UN Secretary-General discussed with the Yemeni official foreign minister the "prospects for a political solution to the conflict in Yemen," the UN said in a statement.

Antonio Guterres"reiterated theUN's commitment to work with the parties to realizethe full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.

"The Secretary-General emphasized the United Nation's commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen," the statement added.

Yemeni FM Mohammed al-Hadhrami highlighted the need for "making a tangible progress in Hodeida deal, particularly in terms of the security and administrative local authority," according to the Riyadh-based Saba.

Realizing that "is key for engaging in any next peace talks," he added.

They also discussed the latest developments in Yemen, namely the Stockholm deal application and peace path in the country.

The meeting addressed "ramifications of the armed rebellion recently led in some southern provinces and the interim capital of Aden by the so-called Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the following Emirati airstrikes on our armed forces," Saba reported.

"It's important to focus on fending off danger of the Iranian expansionist project in Yemen in the form of the Houthi coup," the official news agency quoted Hadhrami as saying.

Yemen has been racked by a 4.5-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

The war has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

Since the coalition's intervention in March 2015 to support the official government against Houthi rebels, fighting in Yemen has turned into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi Arabia and allies are accusing Iran of supplying the Houthis with weapons smuggled via regional waters, including ballistic missiles fired at Saudi Arabia, charge rejected by Iran and Houthis.

Parties to the 4.5-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of December 2018 an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.

But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.

The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.

On 10 August, STC forces seized full control over Aden, seat of the official government, after 4-day fierce clashes with the official army that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release.

The Yemeni legitimate government dismissed the STC seizure as another coup in Aden, following the Houthi coup in Sana'a, holding the UAE and STC responsible for ramifications.


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