UN monitoring chief presents new proposal for implementation of Hodeida Agreement led by international forces

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-02-10 | Since 1 Week

Meeting of General Lollesgaard with Chief of Staff of Yemen`s "legitimate" government forces

The new UN monitoring chief in Yemen, Danish General Michael Lollesgaard, presented on Saturday a new proposal for the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement on the redeployment of the forces of the two parties to the conflict in the province of Hodeidah.
During his meeting with the chief of staff of the Yemen`s internationally recognized government, General Abdullah al-Nakhei, on Saturday, Lollesgaard presented a new proposal on redeployment of the forces of the two sides of the conflict in Hodeida and isolated areas, will provide safe corridors for humanitarian assistance and work.", Aden-based Yemen`s (Saba) News Agency reported.
According to the agency, Lollesgaard said the new proposal will be put on both sides of the conflict so that the international forces to manage the isolated areas, expressing the hope that it will be approved by the parties, the Yemeni government "legitimate" and the Houthis (Ansar Allah).
Saba quoted the chief of staff, General Nakhei, as confirming the readiness of the forces of the "legitimate" government for safe deployment as stipulated in the terms of the Stockholm agreement.
Al-Nakhei accused al-Houthis of intransigence and procrastination and their lack of commitment to implement any era or agreement. He stressed the need to set priorities and success of tasks in accordance with their steps and mechanisms, as the failure of the Stockholm agreement is a failure of the entire process.
The agency said that the "legitimate" government team in the redeployment committee, headed by Major General Saker bin Aziz, reviewed the results of the previous meetings and the problems and obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Swedish agreement by the Houthi group.
Danish General Lollesgaard arrived earlier on Saturday in the city of Aden, which is being taken by the "legitimate" government as the country's interim capital.
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.
In a statement, UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said 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.

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