Stalled Stockholm deal tries int'l credibility: Yemeni Speaker

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-04-22 | Since 4 Month

Sultan al-Barakani and Vladimir Dedushkin

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Stalled application of the Stockholm Agreement on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida tries the international community's credibility and confirms that Houthi group does not respect or abide by any pact, said the Yemeni Parliament Speaker on Sunday.

The impediment faced by implementation of the deal represents a reversal for the UN-led peace process, Sultan al-Barakani told the Russian ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin in Riyadh.

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.

The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its 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 since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.

Speaker Barakani said the "Yemeni people is suffering hard conditions and the humanitarian tragedy is worsening as the Houthi coup persists."

He also condemned the Houthi "arbitrary measures" against different segments of Yemeni community, citing their attempts to "misappropriate the properties and arrest relatives of Parliament members who attended session in Seyoun," according to the Aden-based Saba.

Yemeni speaker appreciated the Russian crucial role in finding out peaceful solutions for Yemeni crisis.

Saba quoted Ambassador Dedushkin as welcoming the resumption of the Yemeni Parliament sessions, which would have great leverage for the legislative monitoring role, for government institutions and for political life normalization.

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.

Yemen 4-year war has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.


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