Danish Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, who is replacing former Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert as chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), is expected in the Jordanian capital on Sunday long with 20 UN observers as part of an operation monitoring a ceasefire in Yemen’s key port of Hodeida, diplomatic sources revealed Thursday.
British Ambassador to Yemen Michael told the Saudi daily Asharq that the new chair of the RCC and his UN team are waiting for Houthi group (Ansar Allah) to issue for them a special permit before traveling to Sanaa.
“Lollesgaard arrives in the Jordanian capital, Amman, next Sunday accompanied by 20 observers. But there is still a problem with the permits,” Aron said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Thursday the appointment of Danish General Michael Lollesgaard as the chief of the Redeployment Coordination Committee and the United Nations Mission to Support the Implementation of the Hodeida Agreement, replacing General Patrick Cammanert.
The Ambassador said his country looks forward to a concrete progress and the completion of withdrawal from Hodeida’s ports.
“As we know, Patrick and (UN envoy to Yemen) Martin Griffiths had presented a new plan on Hodeida to the Houthis and President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, and the two sides accepted it. We are waiting for the implementation of this plan and for a meeting of the Committee in Hodeida,” Aron explained.
The British diplomat said he had discussed with Hadi Yemen’s economic situation and the importance of paying the salaries of employees, particularly in the province of Hodeida, to enhance the implementation of the Stockholm plan.
He added: “We want to help the Yemeni government in Hodeida."
Yemen has been racked by a civil war between the government of internationally recognized president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Iran-backed Houthi Group since late 2014. The conflict escalated after the coalition intervened to restore Hadi's government in March 2015, resulting in the world's worst humanitarian crisis.