As UN Looks Forward to Aid Vows Peace Deal in Yemen’s Main Port Faces a Hurdle
A peace deal in Yemen’s main port city appears to have thwarted again regardless of U.N. attempts to rescue the pact considered to make way for wider discussions to end the destructive four-year war, according to some sources having knowledge of the discussion.
Antonio Guterres, United Nations chief accepted during a pledging conference in Geneva on 26th February (Tuesday) — which has raised $2.6 billion of the $4 billion being wanted by Yemen. He admitted that breakthrough has been slow in enforcing a troop pullout in Hodeidah port city, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis facing famine.
The Iran-allied Houthi rebels controls the Red Sea city, now a central point of the war, while other Yemeni groups supported by a Saudi-led forces and loyal to the dethroned government are gathered on the fringes. Both sides were meant to redistribute their forces by 7th January.
Last week, a timeline that was announced was missed. It was expected to start a phased approach by which the Houthis would pull out from two smaller ports within days; which would be followed by the pullout of the coalition forces that are stationed in the city’s eastern suburbs.
One sources told that it isn’t apparent why they canceled the pullout as the Houthi leader himself stated that they were ready to re-station forces unilaterally.
Other sources stated that deep fear among the parties lingered an impediment to form a local authority to take over power according to the ceasefire deal that was reached at peace discussions in December.
An official in the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi told news reporters that the Houthis didn’t want peace. The office of U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths, who reached the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on 26th February to save the deal, declined to comment on the matter.
The deal proposed to open again humanitarian corridors and prevent a full-scale attack by the coalition to capture Hodeidah port, the main entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s commercial and aid imports. An action like this could hamper supply lines, risking a mass famine in the poorest Arabian Peninsula country. A truce that came into effect on 18th Dec. has largely held.