The Yemen's internationally recognized government has accused Iran of being behind the failure of the peace process in Yemen through its role in supporting the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) and hindering the implementation of the Stockholm agreement, stressing that the United Nations has not done its duty in Yemen.
Yemen's foreign minister, Khaled al-Yamani, called on the United Nations to shoulder its responsibility and openly declare the Houthis' refusal to implement the Stockholm agreement, which requires strict sanctions by the Security Council to impose sanctions to force them to implement the agreement.
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 hundreds of thousands killed or injured and 3 million displaced, and pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
The two conflict sides agreed to redeploy their forces outside the ports of Hodeida, Al-Salif and Ras Isa and the city of Hodeidah and to ceasefire as of January 7th. Moreover, they agreed to release prisoners and that the Houthis ease the blockade on the city of Taiz. But nothing has been achieved on the group, with both sides trading blame for non-compliance with the terms agreed in Sweden.
Al-Yamani said in an interview with the Al Bayan newspaper published on Tuesday: "The basis for the problem of obstructing the peace process in Yemen lies in the Iranian interference and its role in the intransigence of the Houthi militia and its refusal to implement its commitments regarding the agreement to withdraw from Hodeida and the swap of prisoners,"
He said that the Houthi group "speaks every day in a different language and makes new excuses to obstruct the peace process and escape the obligations imposed on it," stressing that Iran is inciting the Houthis to increase military mobilization in the Red Sea and Hodeida, and to increase military presence, In the lack of active participation in the implementation of Stockholm outputs.".
The "legitimate" government's foreign minister added: "Tehran wants the Houthis to follow their approach to disrupt the implementation of the agreement. The Houthi militias have so far refrained from handing over the prisoners and handing over the maps of the mines they planted in the area, and insists not to remove mines from their areas of redeployment. Confirms its intention to remain Hodeida."
He stressed that the enthusiasm generated after the agreement of Sweden should continue, pointing out that it is useless to put any initiatives or another round of talks, except in the case of the withdrawal of the Houthis of Hodeida.
Al-Yamani added that his government does not see failure as an option for the Stockholm agreement and will not accept anything other than peace in Yemen, stressing that there can be no lasting peace if the Houthis do not commit themselves to working with the international community to reach a peaceful solution.
He stressed that the United Nations should continue to press and use all tools that would make the Houthis accept the principle of getting out of ports and handing them over to local authorities.
He confirms: "The United Nations has not done its duty in Yemen and does not want to assume its responsibility and does not want to say that the Houthi militia is obstructing the process of peace in Yemen," adding that "the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths made five rounds to Sanaa fliping failure, which proves that the United Nations is not doing its duty in Yemen. "
"The UN envoy demands that he will precisely deal with the Iranian reunification militia and weaken the position of the United Nations in Yemen, and does not work to meet the militia's desires and continue its peace-keeping practices," the foreign minister said.
"The United Nations, the Special Envoy of the United Nations and the chief of the UN Monitoring team and the international community will share on the rigidity of the reliable militia and evade them from the implementation of the Sweden and the redeployment in the Hodeida," he said.
Al-Yamani called: "Today, the United Nations is required to formulate an official statement that the Houthi militia refuse to implement the Sweden agreement, which requires the Security Council to hold a meeting and imposes strict sanctions on the militia, which may be forced to implement the peace plan on their rates.".