The United Nations said on Thursday that the two parties to the conflict in Yemen after four days of talks had reached an agreement on a preliminary settlement to implement the agreement to redeploy their forces in the Hodeida coastal province of Hodeida west of the country, according to Stockholm agreement reached by the parties during their peace consultations hosted by Sweden in December led by UN.
But the United Nations said in a statement by his Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric that UN was still awaiting the consultations of representatives of the parties to the conflict with their leaders, in response to the final settlement agreement, noting that challenges remain, including the complex nature of the current front lines of the conflict.
He said that the members of the Coordination Committee for the redeployment met for the third time between the third and sixth of this February on board a United Nations ship in the port of Hodeida. The Committee, chaired by the United Nations, consists of representatives of the Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Houthis (Ansar Allah).
During the talks, the parties worked constructively together to resolve the outstanding issues on the mutual redeployment of troops and the opening of humanitarian corridors.
The Chief of the Committee had submitted a proposal to help overcome those difficulties and had been accepted by both parties in principle to move forward in the implementation of the Hodeida Agreement.
The United Nations statement quoted the head of the Coordination Committee for the redeployment, Danish General Michael Lawlessard, who assumed his duties last Tuesday in replace to the Danish General Patrick Camert, expected to hold another meeting of the Committee in the presence of representatives of the parties next week to complete the details of the redeployment, noting that the parties have shown their strong commitment to case-fire.
Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of peace talks in Sweden, agreed on 13 December to cease fire in Hodeida and redeploy their forces from the port city and ports of Hodeida, Salif and Ras Isa.
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 mission led by Cammaert to monitor the truce.
UN monitor mission has been deployed in Hodeida to monitor rivals' compliance with Stockholm Agreement on Hodeida ceasefire and redeployment, work with both sides on providing local security forces to guard Red City and its three ports, facilitate UN support for parties in fully applying ceasefire deal, and lead and shore up a coordination plan for redeploying forces of both coalition-backed government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
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 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.