Source tells Debriefer about RCC offshore meeting outcomes

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2019-02-03 | Since 2 Week

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At the Redeployment Coordination Committee's Sunday meeting on UN-chartered ship on the Red Sea, RCC outgoing head General Patrick Cammaert and representatives of Yemeni government and Houthi group have adopted no practical steps to apply Hodeida truce and redeployment deal, firsthand source told Debriefer.

"The meeting has discussed a proposal by the Dutch General Cammaert on redeploying the both sides' forces in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, particularly in places and roads related to humanitarian aid and aspects," said the source.

Not authorized to brief media, Debriefer source added anonymously that the third RCC "meeting has reached no applicable pact on withdrawal of forces from the city and its three ports.

"The two warring parties will study Cammaert's proposal in the coming days and make their comments, which will be deliberated at the RCC undefined next meeting."

However, the source said both sides agreed to keep holding the RCC meetings that had met with obstacles in the last period as the Iranian-backed Houthis were reluctant to attend a meeting in territory controlled by Saudi-backed government, though first two meetings had been held in rebel-held venues.

The third meeting "also addressed plans to curb violations against the ceasefire" deal reached by both rivals at the UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden last December.

"General Cammaert stressed the must for fulfilling the Stockholm Agreement in order to go ahead with confidence-building measures," in hope to move into discussion of political solution for the 4-year war in the poorest Arabian Peninsula country.

At the Red Sea conference, both parties' representatives in the RCC traded blames for breaching Hodeida truce.

The next RCC meeting could not see General Cammaert, after the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday announced the Danish Lieutenant General Michael Anker Lollesgaard as the RCC new head.

On Saturday, UN spokesman stated that Yemeni warring parties would resume on Sunday discussions on redeployment deal implementation and humanitarian operations facilitation, as agreed in Stockholm Agreement.

Stephane Dujarric said RCC head sailed on UN-hired ship from Hodeida port to meeting point, where delegation of the Yemeni internationally recognized government got on board, and the returned to the port to pick up Houthi representatives on Sunday.

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

But the UN has been so far unable to enforce the pact, with two rivals trading accusations of its violations.

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, pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN.


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