Pompeo, Griffiths discuss efforts pressing for Yemen peace

Washington (Debriefer)
2019-03-15 | Since 1 Week

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the UN Envoy Martin Griffiths discussed on Thursday in Washington the developments in Yemen and efforts to push parties to apply agreements reached in Sweden.

Pompeo and Griffiths deliberated the redeployment of forces in Hodeida, prisoner swap and upcoming steps in the political process, said deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State, Robert Palladino.

Pompeo expressed concern at Houthi deliberately delay to obstruct progress in implementing Stockholm Agreement.

The Secretary of State and UN envoy for Yemen agreed on the need for parties to respect commitments they made in Sweden and continue work to push the political process forwards, Palladino added.

Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.

But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.

In earlier remarks Thursday, Palladino talked about Washington's support for the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), tasked by the UN with applying Hodeida pact and translating momentum achieved in Sweden into actual de-escalation on the ground.

US ambassador to Yemen on Thursday said developments in the country following the UN Security Council Wednesday session obviously indicate Houthis' obstructing the implementation of Hodeida redeployment plan and Stockholm Agreement.

The Aden-based Saba News Agency quoted US Ambassador Matthew Tueller as expressing his country's concerns at such developments, applauding great flexibility demonstrated by Yemeni government and its full cooperation with the UN envoy and RCC.

At his meeting with the Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani in Riyadh, the US envoy said the international community underscores the importance of applying Stockholm pact as the only entrance for confidence-building and reaching an inclusive solution based on agreed terms of reference.

The city of Hodeida and its three ports have 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.

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 tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.


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