Lollesgaard officially named UN senior monitor in Hodeida

New York (Debriefer)
2019-01-31 | Since 2 Week

General Michael Anker Lollesgaard assuming new mission in Yemen

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The UN Secretary-General stated on Thursday that the Danish Lieutenant General Michael Anker Lollesgaard as head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in the western Yemeni port city of Hodeida.

The newly appointed general will replace the Dutch retired General Patrick Cammaert to chair the UN 75-monitor mission tasked with supervising Hodeida ceasefire.

Lollesgaard has been representing Denmark in the NATO since March 2017, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric noting that the Danish general has 30-year experience in military service at national and international levels.

The new senior monitor led the UN mission in Mali in 2015 and 2016, and served as the military assistant advisor for the Danish mission at the UN, according to Dujarric.

The appointment comes following Cammaert's resignation on January 22, after his convoy was gunshot in Hodeida City on 17 January, assault local sources said then to be launched by Houthis.

At the time, the UN denied reports that General Cammaert was willing to resign. RCC head continues his job, in contrast to press reports, said Dujarric.

Houthi rebels had attributed failure in making progress in applying Stockholm Agreement to RCC head, General Cammaert, whom they accused of acting under other agenda apart from the pact course.

Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of peace talks in Sweden, reached on 13 December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces from the Red Sea city and its ports under UN supervision.

But the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement has been facing many challenges to implement on the 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 internationally recognized government of President Hadi, pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN.

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