Guterres: Negotiations only way to solve Yemeni conflict

Hadi Gov't: UN-brokered deal applied or military acts continue

Amman - Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-01-10 | Since 2 Week


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Official Yemeni government's Foreign Minister is set to visit Jordan on Thursday, as Hadi Information Minister called upon the international to exert pressures enough to make Houthi group apply Stockholm pact on Hodeida.

At his visit to Amman, FM Khaled al-Yamani will discuss with Jordanian FM Ayman Safdi and other officials developments concerning the situation in Yemen, sources at the Jordanian foreign ministry told DPA.

Earlier, Yamani called on the international community to pressure on Houthis to implement Sweden pact, before engaging into any new round of consultations.

Yemeni legitimate government's information minister also called upon the international community to take decisive stance towards Houthi "futility" and to exert pressures enough to make the rebels implement Stockholm.

Houthi "militia delegation to the Committee monitoring ceasefire in Hodeida refuses to move one kilometer out of the city under baseless justifications," Aden-based Saba News Agency quoted Info Minister Moammar al-Eryani as saying.

"Yemeni people and legitimate government, supported by coalition, are able to go on with freeing the country and putting an end to humanitarian and economic deteriorating conditions," he warned "in case the UN could not force militias to apply Stockholm Agreement.

"The picture is now completely clear for the UN, SG envoy to Yemen, monitors team and international community on the party hindering peace and causing persistent humanitarian suffering" in Yemen.

Presence of "monitors in Hodeida would be of no use if did not oblige the Houthi militia to implement the deal, mainly part concerning Hodeida and its ports," he added "as the problem does not lie in the low number of monitors, but in the militias' denial to comply with the pact."

But the UN Secretary-General has stated that political settlement reached through negotiations was the only way that would put an end to conflict in Yemen.

In his first report on Stockholm Agreement implementation, currently deliberated by the Security Council, Antonio Guterres called upon all the SC members to provide full support for UN role, including efforts led by the Dutch General Patrick Cammaert, in Hodeida.

SC support is still very vital for applying Stockholm Agreement and for efforts constantly exerted by Envoy Martin Griffiths to sustain political process in Yemen, UN Chief added.

He stressed on two parties' willingness to adhere to their commitments and to cooperate with the UN, which he described as very important to fulfill the deal duly.

Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of peace talks in Sweden, agreed on 13 December, 2018.

The agreement provides for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces and allows for UN leading role in the port city, and UNSC latest resolution authorizes UN Secretary-General to deploy monitors to oversee implementation.

But the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement is facing many challenges and difficulties to implement on ground, as both sides failing to honor their commitments.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iran-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

The war has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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