Yemeni official FM: Stockholm pact failure ends political solution

Brussels (Debriefer)
2019-02-04 | Since 2 Week

Yemeni official Foreign Minister, Khaled al-Yamani

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Stockholm Agreement's failure would end political solution in Yemen, said the Yemeni government's foreign minister on Monday.

Yemeni "legitimate government at Stockholm talks demonstrated flexibility needed for talks to succeed," Minister Khaled al-Yamani told the Fifth Arab-European Ministerial Council meeting in Brussels. "Thus, we stress the need for timetabled implementing plan for what was agreed upon in Sweden."

Application of Sweden pacts is "an entry to continue progress towards next rounds of consultations to discuss all-inclusive political solution," he added. "In case of Houthi failure in implementing the Stockholm Agreement, especially in terms of Hodeida, no one would be able to oblige them to fulfill requirements of inclusive solution according to Resolution 2216."

Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of peace talks in Sweden, agreed on the 13th of last December to cease fire in Hodeida, to withdraw all their forces from the port city and its three ports and to exchange prisoners.

But the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement is facing many challenges and difficulties to implement on ground, leading the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution deploying a 75-manned mission led by Cammaert to monitor the truce.

The western port city of Hodeida, where fierce battles waged since early last November, is under Houthi control, along with the Yemeni capital of Sana'a and most populated areas in the north.

FM Yamani claimed his government at Sweden talks "presented proposals enhancing confidence-building and seeking to alleviate Yemeni people sufferings, but Houthi rejected them."

"The world knows how grave the humanitarian catastrophe is in Yemen as a result of Houthi coup and how Houthis use human sufferings as a tool in their war. Legitimate government and international community are deeply concerned about deterioration of humanitarian conditions in" rebel-held areas."

All "dire figures and facts on humanitarian situation .. necessitate doubled pressures on rebel forces to yield to international human law."

The United Nations seeks political solution ending Yemen's war that has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

Under UNSC Resolution 2451, the UN also hopes to enforce ceasefire in Hodeida and its three ports serving as lifeline for most Yemenis.

The Yemeni warring parties, legitimate government and Houthi rebels, have traded blames for hindering Stockholm Agreement fulfillment, while UN Envoy Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council on 9 January about noticeable progress in applying the pact.

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