NRC calls on gov.ts supporting Yemen' war to press for fully implement Stockholm Agreement

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-05-16 | Since 3 Month

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The Norwegian Refugee Council on Wednesday called on "governments funding and supporting the war in Yemen must maintain pressure on conflict parties to fully implement the Stockholm agreement", reached at the end of last year.

Yemen has been battered by a five-year armedconflict the internationally recognised government backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis.

The Norwegian Refugee Council said in statement seen by "Debriefer" news agency: "As the UN Security Council meets today to discuss the situation in Yemen, governments funding and supporting this war must maintain pressure on conflict parties to fully implement the Stockholm agreement, including deployment of all monitors needed to oversee the ceasefire."

The two sides signed the Stockholm Agreement during UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden in December. The implementation of the agreement should have started in January."

The Norwegian Refugee Council's country director in Yemen Mohamed Abdi said in the statement: "While we welcome fresh talks between the government of Yemen and Ansar Allah on sharing port revenues and paying public workers, conflict rages on in many parts of the country."

He stressed the importance that "Yemen’s Red Sea ports remain a critical gateway for goods to reach 20 million Yemenis in urgent need across the country. It is crucial that Hodeida port remains free from military attack, allowing more food, fuel and medicines to reach millions of people living on the verge of starvation."

He said: "As many as one million essential workers who run Yemen’s public services including schools, hospitals, and water supply have not been paid for years and many are struggling to survive."

"Yemenis are desperate for concrete outcomes from the talks that will ensure salaries will be paid in Hodeidah, and throughout the country, and will help rebuild the economy and restore Yemen’s public services.”, Abdi added.

The statement pointed to the situation in many areas in Yemen, saying that in Al Dhalea civilians remain trapped by the clashes unable to flee to safety, the main road supplying food from Aden in the South to the capital Sana’a remains cut off by the fighting.

"Civilians in Taiz live under the daily threat of sniper fire. In Hajjah, fighting threatens to cut of the city’s main water supply and access to the public hospital, and heavy air strikes continue to displace families who NRC are supporting with emergency aid.", the statement read.

The conflict in Yemen has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The country is on the brink of famine, and an estimated 80 percent of Yemenis, or 24 million people, are in need of aid, according to the UN.

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