Security Council Members Request Yemen Parties to Enforce Peace Deal

March 15, 2019

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council urged Yemen’s warring parties on Tuesday to implement a peace deal in the port city of Hodeidah, a move they hope will lead to an end of the four-year-old battle.

The Chinese, French, Russian, British and U.S. ambassadors to Yemen in a statement stated that they were “very concerned” that the accord reached in Stockholm in December had not been enforced.

The Houthi group and the Saudi-supported government agreed on a truce and troop pullout in Hodeidah, an exchange of prisoners, and the reopening of humanitarian corridors to help millions of starving Yemenis, with international monitors to supervise things.

The Security Council is requesting both parties to begin enforcement of the suggestion with honest intention without further suspension and without looking forward to accomplish the redeployments by the other side.

It is requesting all sides to certify the U.N. monitoring mission can carry out its work safely and without any mediation. The Stockholm accord stalled with each side worrying the other would take advantage of the pullout to gain ground.

The creation of a local authority to take charge of Hodeidah after the troop pullout, agreed in the ceasefire deal, also remains a sticking point.

The ceasefire in Hodeidah came into force on 18th December and has widely held but violence has increased in other regions.

Air assaults by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 22 civilians, which include a women and children, in a village in northern Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is heading the Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition that first mediated in Yemen in 2015 to try to bring back Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s overthrown government.

The rivalry is widely seen as a tug-of-war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Houthis refutes receiving assistance from Tehran and stated their revolt is against corruption.

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