Houthi’s Re-stationing in Hodeidah Port City Should Be Done By Honoring the Stockholm Deal

December 31, 2018

On Sunday, the United Nations accepted any restationing of Yemen’s Houthi militia away from the port city of Hodeidah; however, it stated that this action should be autonomously confirmed to verify that it is in accordance with the Stockholm truce pact. Under the Stockholm accord, both parties conceded on a ceasefire in Hodeidah province and to pull out their respective forces.

The Iranian-allied group on Saturday stated that it had begun to move from the port of the Red Sea city as a part of a U.N.-sponsored truce that was endorsed in Sweden with the Saudi-backed government.

The group stated that its soldiers were moving out from Hodeidah as stated in the accord, also handed over control to local units of Yemeni coastguards who were in charge of safeguarding the ports before the war erupted. These will be under U.N. monitoring.

However, the Saudi-led military allied group, which mediated in Yemen in 2015 to bring back President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi, rejected the move as it dread that the coastguards might stay loyal to the Houthi-managed Sanaa government after the pull out.

The United Nations on Friday stated that both parties had admitted to start opening humanitarian corridors, and it would start with the opening of the crucial coastal road between Hodeidah and the Houthi-held capital, Sanaa.

However, during 30th December statement, the UN stated that the opening did not happen. Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, conveyed his dissatisfaction. He made this comment during a meeting with the Houthis at the port of Hodeidah on Saturday.

For months, the international community has been striving to fend off an all-out government attack on Hodeidah, which is the entry point for most of Yemen’s commercial goods and aid supplies. The port is also a lifeline for millions of Yemenis who are on the brink of starvation.

International monitors are to be deployed in Hodeidah and a Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) including both sides, lead by Cammaert. Cammaert who is leading the U.N. advance team has been assigned the duty of keeping an eye on the truce.

The United Nations in their statement stated that both parties are supposed to submit a thorough plan for a complete re-stationing of forces to Cammaert at the next RCC meeting on Jan. 1.

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