The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) called on the United Nations to pressure the Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Saudi-ked Arab Coalition to take steps to contribute to the implementation of Stockholm Accord and achieve peace after the group announced the start of its withdrawal from three ports in the province of Hodeida west of the country on Saturday.
The political bureau of Ansar Allah said in a statement on Saturday that the withdrawal of its troops from the ports of Hodeida "comes at a time
the aggression coalition continues to procrastinate and obstruct the implementation of its obligations in order to thwart the Stockholm agreement and coincides with the continuation of the coalition's daily violations and its attempts to escalate and blow up the situation.
The Houthi Political Bureau considered that this unilateral step reflects the seriousness of the Houthis group in "implementing the Stockholm Agreement and ensuring the success of the peace efforts, achieving security and stability and spare the Yemeni people and the people of Hodeida the scourge of aggression and its humanitarian consequences and its catastrophic effects." He praised the redeployment move carried out by the Yemeni army and popular committees from three ports in Hodeida province, a move that had already been agreed upon with the United Nations.
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.
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.
Danish General Michael Lollesgaard, head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, said the UN Mission to Support the Hodeida Agreement "will monitor and report on this unilateral redeployment," noting this was "a first practical step on the ground" since the UN-brokered Agreement reached between Yemeni rivals, and stressing that it must be followed by "the committed, transparent and sustained actions of the parties to fully deliver on their obligations."
"Furthermore," the UN general added, "this unilateral redeployment should allow for establishing a UN leading role in supporting the Red Sea Ports Corporation in managing the ports," as well as for enhancing the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism in accordance with the Agreement.
The UN mission has developed redeployment plans according to the Stockholm Agreement, the first great breakthrough in peace efforts.