Yemeni Hadi blames Houthis for obstruction, UN for standing helpless

Riyadh – Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-05-06 | Since 2 Week

Yemeni President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi

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The Yemeni President on Sunday accused Houthi group of persistently obstructing the application of Stockholm Agreement in terms of prisoner swap.

"We hoped, and have been always determined, to see Sweden deal, at least, fully implemented," President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi said in his Ramadan speech. Prisoners at Houthi jails suffer worst "crimes against humanity without considering Arab, religious and blood relations."

Hadi said he sent special letter last week urging the UN Secretary-general to "pressure Houthi militias into accepting the all-for-all prisoner swap" and what both sides agreed on in Sweden."

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 exchanging all prisoners, ceasefire and redeployment of both sides' forcesin Hodeida 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.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflictbetween the internationally recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government.

On 24 April, head of Houthi prisoner committeesaid his group was prepared, as Ramadan initiative, to exchange 1,000 prisoners, at minimum, from both sides, amid stalled deal.

Prisoner issue is of human nature and should be refrained from rows, said Abdul Kader al-Murtada, noting that the "swap requires strong will and sense ofresponsibility, from everybody, towards prisoners' sufferings."

But Hadi said he is facing Iran-incited "Houthi evasion from every real requirement for peace," calling for more pressures by UNSCon the group.

"Should the status quo keep unchanged, history would say the international community stood helpless letting rebellious,terrorist militias to devastate such great nation as Yemen," Hadi added.

Yemeni President claimed that his government has halted war in Hodeida for the sake of peace, but not to see Houthis turning to other wars.

While able to restore their rights using every means, Yemeni people looks forward to international decisive stance, said Hadi.

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, an entry for 80% of supplies and aid.

Arab coalition and Yemeni government officials are accusing Houthis of breaching the Hodeida pact, while the latter are asking for guarantees that the former would not redeploy troop into the city.

Under proposed deal, withdrawal of government forces would allow for humanitarian corridors and access to UN food supplies in the Red Sea Mills, but warring parties will still have to agree on routes for supplies to be delivered to recipients.

Yemen 4-year war has pushed the country to 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 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

The conflict has lefttens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.


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