Members of Security Council Request Yemen Parties to Enforce Peace Deal
The U.N. Security Council’s five permanent members requested Yemen’s conflicting parties on Tuesday to enforce a peace deal in the Hodeidah port city, a move they expect will bring an end to the four-year-old war.
The British, Chinese, French, Russian, and U.S. ambassadors to Yemen in a statement stated that they were “greatly concerned” that the accord, which was reached in Stockholm in December, had not been enforced.
The Houthi group and the Saudi-backed government admitted on an armistice, troop pullout from Hodeidah, prisoner exchange, and the restarting of humanitarian corridors to assist millions of starving Yemenis, with international monitors to supervise things.
The parties stated that they are requesting both parties to start enforcing the suggestion in honest intention without further postponement and without looking to misuse the redeployments by the other side.
They are asking all sides to assure that the U.N. monitoring mission can conduct its work safely and without interference.
The Stockholm accord halted, with each side worrying that the other would take advantage of the pullout to gain a strong foothold. The creation of a local authority to take charge of Hodeidah after the troop pullout, reached in the ceasefire deal, also remains an obstacle to progress.
The ceasefire in Hodeidah came into effect on 18th December and has largely held but violence has increased in other regions.
Air assaults by the Saudi-led coalition killed around 22 civilians, including women and children, in a village in northern Yemen this week, according to the UN.
Saudi Arabia is heading the Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition that first intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to bring back Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s toppled government.