Yemeni gov't insists on Hodeida deal full implementation

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2019-02-20 | Since 3 Month

Yemeni representative at the UN, Abdullah al-Sa'adi

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The Yemeni internationally recognized government on Tuesday insisted on sole application of the Hodeida deal, agreed on with Houthis in Sweden last December.

Yemeni legitimate government reiterates full commitment to the non-segmented application of Stockholm Agreement on Hodeida, the Yemeni representative to the UN told the Security Council.

Troops redeployment needs to coincide with handing the city and its ports to local security forces and local authorities, under the Yemeni constitution and laws and the essence of Stockholm Agreement, Abdullah al-Sa'adi added.

Yemeni government's callsreflect disagreement with what the UN Envoy Griffiths said at the same UNSC session that warring parties had agreed to redeploy their forces out of Salif and Ras Isa ports, as part of the first stage of applying Hodeida deal.

Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council that Yemen's government and Houthi rebels affirmed agreement on Hodeida Redeployment Phase 1, and that Phase 2 would see a pullout from the city's major port and critical parts, which would allow access to the Red Sea Mills storing UN food supplies enough to feed 3.7 million people for a month.

The UN envoy called upon both sides to start immediately in applying the deal and agree on its second phase, as increase in civil activity indicates the concrete benefits felt by the city's population following de-escalation of hostilities.

But the Yemeni government representative insisted on non-phased application for 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,leaving hundreds of thousands killed or injured and 3 million displaced, and pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The port city of Hodeida has been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes seeking to retake the strategic port.

Mr. Sa'adi conveyed to the UNSC his government's preparedness to facilitate access to the Red Sea Mills and open roads for humanitarian works, to alleviate Yemenis' sufferings.

He welcomed any efforts aimed at carrying out Stockholm Agreement so as to reach an inclusive, sustainable solution based on the three terms of reference.

He called on the UNSC to exercise its responsibilities, salvage Stockholm Agreement, press for implementing the pact by Houthis in definite and declared time, name the party hindering the deal, and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to all areas under rebel control.

Sa'adi cited Houthi procrastination and obstruction as evidence of the "militias' negligence" of peace and UN efforts to apply Stockholm deal.

He echoed his government insistence on all-inclusive release of all prisoners and house-arrested, calling for stop of Houthi arrest campaign against civilians that also included women.

Yemeni official government envoy accused Houthis of "brutal attack on Hajoor people," in the northwestern governorate of Hajjah, "using all types of weapons and imposing unjust siege to suppress people there."

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 ports of Hodeida, Salif and Ras Isa, and to allow for humanitarian access to Taiz City.

But this has yet to take place, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.

Yemen has been experiencing 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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