Yemeni newspaper: Parliament Speaker threatened Griffiths he will be changed as Houthis change Ould Sheikh

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2019-04-24 | Since 4 Year

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The Speaker of the Yemeni parliament, Sultan al-Barkani, has threatened the United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to change it as the Houthis group did with the former UN envoy, Mauritanian Ismail Ould Cheikh, the Yemeni newspaper Al-Ayyam reported on Wednesday.

Accordings to source in the Presidency of the House of Representatives the newspaper reported that during the meeting of the UN envoy Martin Griffiths with the Parliament Speaker Sultan al-Barkani were disagreements and threats to the UN envoy.

The source said al-Barkani threatened to change the UN envoy "unless he changes his way of dealing with the Houthis," which the speaker of Parliament considered "supportive of the Houthis."

The source added that the Yemeni parliament speaker said that "the Houthis cut off their deal with the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh until it was changed and we will do the same thing as we are the strongest party in the political equation."

The Yemeni parliament Speaker on Monday accused the United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, of intentionally "splitting the Hodeida agreement" after it was difficult to implement the Stockholm agreement by dividing it into "chronic stages that Houthi did not abide by."

Al-Barakani said in a statement to the "Independent Arabia" newspaper that Griffiths deliberately divides the solution by going to the Stockholm agreement, which focused on the city and port of Hodeida, pointing out that the deputies will discuss the progress and feasibility of continuing the political negotiations.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that entered its fifth year and had already triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition in absence of adequate health care.

The two sides agreed to redeploy their forces outside the ports of Hodeida, Al-Salif and Ras Isa and the city of Hodeida and to ceasefire as of 7th. But nothing has been achieved on the group, with both sides trading blame for non-compliance with the terms agreed in Sweden.

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.

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