Yemeni gov't: UN biased to Houthis, non-serious to apply pact

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-02-12 | Since 1 Week

Yemeni official information minister attacks UN envoy

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The internationally recognized government of Yemen on Tuesday accused the United Nations of being blatantly biased to Houthis group and lacking seriousness in implementing Stockholm Agreement on forces redeployment in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.

The Yemeni Information Minister Moammar al-Eryani attacked a statement jointly issued Monday by UN Envoy Martin Griffiths and UN emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock.

"Government tolerance to such triviality cannot continue," Eryani tweeted.

Griffiths and Lowcockcalled upon Yemeni rivals to ensure access by UN teams to the Red Sea Mills based at frontlines in the western Yemeni governorate of Hodeida.

While neglecting the legitimate Yemeni government, the joint statement acknowledged "the confirmation from Ansar Allah of their commitment to implement the Hodeida Agreement. We appreciate their earlier efforts to re-open the road leading to the mills which have been carried out under difficult and dangerous circumstances."

But for the government, this was contradictory to the UN two officials' statements last Thursday blaming the Houthis for preventing wheat discharge from Red Sea Mills and disrupting safe routes to food supply lines.

The statement "unfortunately confirms the UN envoy's yielding to blackmail and pressures by Houthi militias that still prevents relief supplies from reaching civilians and threatens to explode the harbor," Yemeni minister added.

"The statement ignored the government's commitment to implementing Sweden pact and all its efforts to facilitate humanitarian aid passage. It is a clear and blatant bias that should not be tolerated, as it is contrary to reality on the ground. For two months now, the Houthi militias have been persistently obstructing the implementation of the Sweden Agreement on Hodeida."

The joint statement indicates that "the UN is not serious in strictly dealing with Houthi militias," he said calling on the UN envoy and monitor mission to name the party hindering the pact.

The UN statement comes three days after the Houthis slammed Thursday statement ofLowcock accusing the rebels of denying the UN access to the mills.

"Lowcock lies or derives misleading data and makes no contact with UN envoy to ensure authenticity," said head of Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee on Twitter.

Last Thursday, UN humanitarian chief Lowcock told reporters that Houthis denied UN to across frontlines and reach mills for security concerns.

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 and to withdraw all their forces from the port city of Hodeidaand ports of Salif and Ras Isa, by the 7th of last January.

But this pact has yet to be fulfilled, with both parties trading blames for thwarting the deal.

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.


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