Yemen .. Obstacles facing implementation of prisoner swap agreement

Sana'a - Riyadh (Debriefer)
2020-04-04 | Since 3 Day

Prisoners and detainees in Sana'a released by the Houthis late last year

It seems that no breakthrough will take place in the file of the prisoners and detainees in Yemen, as the two parties to the conflict still exchange accusations of obstructing the implementation of the agreement reached last February at the conclusion of the Jordanian capital, Amman.

"We have not received a response today, Friday, to accept the release of the prisoners agreed upon, according to the statements submitted by the two sides under the auspices of the United Nations at the Jordan meeting," said a senior leader of the Houthi group (Ansar Allah), a member of the so-called Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi.

Al-Houthi added in a tweet on "Twitter", "We hope to respond tomorrow, God willing, as we hope that the rest of the prisoners who were previously announced to the kingdom will be released. Only about 170 have been released, and we hold the American aggression responsible for that."

On Thursday, the Houthi leader said, "They are present to begin the swap of prisoners during Friday or Saturday, according to what was agreed upon in Jordan under the auspices of the United Nations."

Earlier Friday, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Rights in the internationally recognized Yemeni government accused a member of the supervisory committee to negotiate the file of prisoners, Majed Fadaiel al-Houthi, of "lack of seriousness in implementing the agreement, and demanding the release of fake and lost names in order to block the agreement and exploit it politically."

In a statement published by the Aden-based Yemeni news agency (Saba) , Fadaiel said that his government is ready to "implement what was agreed upon in the last round of negotiations, in Amman, of a phased release that includes 1420 detainees, until the comprehensive release according to the principle of all-for-all."

He added that "the Houthi representatives put obstacles and stipulated conditions, and demanded names that are either fake or that they are missing and have no effect in order to disable the file and exploit it politically and media away from any misuse of humanity."

And in mid-February, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross announced that the parties to the conflict in Yemen had agreed on a detailed plan to complete the first large-scale formal exchange of prisoners and detainees.


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