Houthi RCC negotiators asks Guha to move tasks to Hodeida port

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-10-28 | Since 8 Month

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Houthi negotiators at the UN-missioned Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) have called on the mission, at meeting with its chair, to move the Hodeida monitoring tasks to the Red Sea port, and to prevent the "sea piracy against oil and commercial vessels."

Meeting with the Indian General Abhijit Guha has discussed practical steps to swap all-for-all prisoners detained by both parties at the western coast front, according to the rebel-run al-Masayra TV.

The group representatives called for inclusive ceasefire and for making the Yemeni internationally-recognized government forces fulfill the first and second stages of redeployment steps, the TV added.

"The United Nations is asked to identify the party hindering the memos and pacts, and to put an end to the persistent violations and murders against fishermen," the channel quoted Houthi negotiator Mohamed Qaderi as saying.

Government and Houthis have blamed each other for ceasefire violations and hindering the application of a deal they reached in Sweden.

While the Houthis claim to have fulfilled more than 90 percent of their commitments concerning Hodeida redeployment, the official government dismiss the Houthi pullout from Hodeida ports as sham.

Parties to the 4.5-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks, reached on the 13th of last December the Stockholm 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.

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

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