Houthis announces failure of Hodeida talks, Hadi`s government accuses them of not serious in peace

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2019-02-05 | Since 2 Week

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A leader in the Houthis group said on Monday that talks between the parties to the conflict in Yemen over the implementation of a cease-fire and redeployment agreement in the western city of Hodeida had failed, while the Yemeni prime minister of "legitimate" government accused the Houthis of not being serious about peace.

A member of the political bureau of the Houthis (Ansar Allah) group, Salim Mughalis, said the two-day talks sponsored by the United Nations had reached a dead end.

A representative of the Houthis delegation, Mughalis,  told Swedish news agency Sputnik that his group's representatives on the committee for the coordination of the redeployment of troops presented during the talks on Monday, chaired by the outgoing chairman of the committee, General Patrick Cammaert, a new proposal for the redeployment plan, Included the redeployment of the fighters of the parties to a distance of 30 km, divided into two phases.

The Houthi leader said:"The plan includes that the first phase is redeployment from ports and critical areas to a distance of 15 kilometers, and the second phase to complete the deployment of the city to a distance of 15 kilometers, so that the forces of the parties 30 kilometers from the city."

With regard to artillery, tanks and combat vehicles, Al-Mughalis pointed out that the proposal of the representatives of his group is to be redeployed to a distance of 50 kilometers divided between the two phases each stage distance of 25 kilos..

Mughalis said the Yemeni government's "legitimate" representatives in the committee to coordinate the redeployment rejected the proposal. "It is illogical for the delegation of the coalition of aggression (government representatives) to suggest a redeployment of my images to its forces and talk about a distance of only one kilometer may increase or decrease, in the first stage, in return for the redeployment of our forces 15 kilometers," he said.. "

"What is proposed by the representatives of the legitimate government is only a formality that is not feasible militarily and was put in the attempt to deceive in preparation for a surprise military attack on the city, especially with the continued reinforcements and fortifications and equipment prepared in Hodeida It also clearly reflect their lack of psychological readiness to end the war and take serious steps Our team has been trying since Sunday to persuade the other side to agree on reasonable, reasonable and logical steps and distances to achieve calm as agreed.", the Houthi leader said.

Salim al-Mughalis claimed That his team and Patrick Camert, head of the Coordination Committee for redeployment failed to convince the other party to agree to take serious steps and redeployment to reasonable distances to achieve the goal of calm, expressing his belief that the United Nations has its papers to pressure the coalition countries to enable them to take serious steps towards The implementation of the agreement, in the event of an international will to implement the agreement."

Over two days, the Coordinating Coordination Committee, headed by General Cammaert, comprising representatives from both sides of the conflict, met on board a UN ship in the Red Sea after representatives of both sides refused to hold the third meeting of the commission on territory controlled by the other. The two previous meetings were held in Hodeida, a town controlled by the Houthis whose representatives refused to meet in an area controlled by "legitimate" government forces.

Lack of seriousness in achieving peace

In the same context, the head of "legitimate" government, Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik, said that the insistence of the Houthis group "on the failure of the Swedish agreement and its renunciation of the implementation of all its obligations under the agreement signed under the auspices of the United Nations proves that it continues in its usual evasion and lack of seriousness and acceptance to achieve peace and yield to the will of the people and the implementation of binding international resolutions."

During his meeting with director of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the British foreign minstry , Neil Crompton, said Maeen Abdulmalik in Riyadh on Monday :"The tolerance of the international community to make any new agreement or resolution an opportunity for the Houthi militias to escalate their violations and war against Yemenis, to go beyond that recently to fire on the international control teams and prevent their movements in a flagrant and unacceptable challenge to the international community "

He said that "the game of prevarication and procrastination adopted by the militia is currently embodied in its attempts to renegotiate the Swedish agreement and interpret it as it pleases and serve and march for the coup."

According  Dr. Abdulmalik, Aden-based Yemen`s Saba News Agenc reported: "The "legitimate" government was agreed the agreement of Sweden on the basis of its concern for peace and no bloodshed in Yemen, even though we understand that the Houthi militias, as usual in denouncing the charters and agreements, will not abide by it. This is what we are seeing now more than a month after the signing and nothing has been implemented either in withdrawing from Hodeida city or ports or swap of prisoners and detainees ".

According to the British official, Saba said that his country would provide all the necessary support for the success of peace in Yemen and its support for the legitimate efforts of the government to normalize the situation and alleviate the suffering of the Yemenis.

The Yemeni warring parties, legitimate government and Houthi rebels, have traded blames for hindering the pact application, while the UN envoy on 9 January briefed the UNSC on noticeable progress, despite difficulties facing the deal.

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, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced and pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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