Britain concerned as Stockholm pact application delayed

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-01-14 | Since 1 Week

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The British ambassador to Yemen expressed on Monday his country's concerns over lack of any progress in applying Stockholm Agreement between parties to conflict in Yemen.

Ambassador Michael Aron told the Saudi Asharq Al-awsat paper that the new resolution, presented by Britain to the Security Council, had nothing to do with progress on ground or the Agreement, noting that it is technical resolution to establish new UN monitor mission in Hodeida.

General Patrick Cammaert and his colleagues are working temporarily in field, he said, under a provision in the UN Resolution (2451) that talked about establishing the mission, but there were no details.

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 need for presenting the UK draft resolution is to reply to a letter by the UN Secretary-General on 31st of last December, in which Antonio Guterres asked for UN monitor mission to be deployed in Hodeida, said Aron adding that the resolution has no political or humanitarian aspect.

The UK envoy stated that his country had drafted the resolution on UN request to deploy the mission, "and this needs a resolution from the Security Council. We have worded the resolution only, but we have no political role in that."

He said previous resolution included humanitarian and other matters, and "some thought it was inappropriate; Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and legitimate government had reservations. This resolution is facing no problems or objections from any party, we have heard no doubts from them. We expect it will pass smoothly and unanimously" at the UNSC.

Last Friday, Britain circulated a draft resolution to expand the mission of UN monitors tasked with overseeing ceasefire in the Yemeni western port city of Hodeida, under a pact reached by warring parties in Stockholm.

The UNSC is expected to hold this week a session meant to vote on the draft resolution that approves the deployment of 75 UN monitors in Hodeida city and port and ports of Salif and Ras Isa for a 6-month initial period.

The draft resolution called upon the UN Guterres to expeditiously deploy monitors and upon warring parties to abide by Stockholm deal.

The resolution provides for the UN mission to lead and support the Redeployment Coordination Committee tasked with overseeing ceasefire, redeployment and demining acts.

Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, reached on 13 December an agreement providing for the UN to deploy UN monitors.

The pact was followed by UNSC Resolution 2451 authorizing UN Secretary-General to deploy monitors to oversee and facilitate the pact's implementation.

A 30-monitor team headed by the retired Dutch Major General Patrick Cammaert was formed to monitor ceasefire in Hodeida.

Yemen 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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