Yemen, Arab coalition ask UN pressures on Houthis

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-02-01 | Since 2 Week

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The Yemeni official government and Saudi-led coalition asked the UN Security Council on Thursday to turn up the pressures on Houthi rebels to stabilize truce in Yemen.

In a joint letter to the UNSC, Yemeni, Saudi and UAE governments accused Houthis of violating Hodeida ceasefire 970 times since the deal came into effect on the 18th of last December.

They asked the most influential body to "pressure on Houthis and their Iranian supporters and holding them accountable in case their persistent incompliance ... led to the collapse of Stockholm Agreement" reached between the internationally recognized government of Yemen and Houthi rebels at the UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden last December.

The pact provided for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both rivals' forces from the Red Sea city, but the deadline elapsed without progress on the ground, arousing concerns about potential aborted deal.

On Thursday, the UNSC held closed-door hearing session on report by the UN Yemen Envoy Martin Griffiths, who has just finished a new trip of his efforts aimed at persuading Yemeni warring parties to apply the pact.

Meanwhile, Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on Thursday said "we understand the need for patience, but this cannot be to infinity."

Following his meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Anwar Gargash added that he was concerned about "possibly escalated violence on the ground as a result of Houthi provocations.. We don't want to launch a military operation" in Hodeida.

"We want the UN and international community to exercise their influence" and pressure Houthis into abiding by ceasefire.

On their part, Houthis have repeatedly accused the coalition-backed government of breaching Stockholm Agreement.

Such breaches are not only "challenge to UN resolutions," Houthi forces spokesman Yahiya Sari'e said Wednesday, "but also would foil Sweden pact and UN efforts to stop aggression and make peace in Yemen."

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

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition had intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN.

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