UN necessitates enhanced presence in Hodeida

Hodeida (Debriefer)
2019-05-15 | Since 3 Month

UN teams visiting Hodeida ports

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The United Nations mission in Hodeida has stated that the effective application of the pact there necessitates UN enhanced presence in the ports after Houthi withdrawal, in order to support the port city's management by the Yemeni Red Sea Ports Corporation and enhance monitoring of the UN verification and inspection mechanism as agreed in the pact.

Head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) visited on Tuesday the Hodeida, Salif and Ras Isa ports, said the mission, to verify the Houthi forces' redeployment.

RCC chairman, General Michael Lollesgaard, welcomed Houthis' handing the ports security to the coastguard and efforts of demilitarizing the facilities, and urged warring parties to finalize talks and allow for full implementation of Hodeida deal's first and second stages, the mission added in a statement.

The UN mission said demilitarization still needs more work, noting that cooperation has been very good so far.

UN teams will continue fairly and transparently monitoring these initial steps, according to the statement.

Full implementation of the pact is necessary for restoring peace and stability in Yemen and ensuring effective delivery of humanitarian aid to millions in need for lifesaving assistance, said the UN mission.

On Monday, Houthi group announced that its forces have completed the first phase of redeployment from Hodeida ports, which started Saturday.

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 in 2014.

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.

Yemen 4-year war hastriggered 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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