Sweden Pact on Yemen Is a Turning Point for Coalition

December 14, 2018

On Thursday, the UN Chief stated that Yemen’s Saudi-backed coalition government and the Houthis conceded for a truce in the nation’s boiling point, i.e. the port city of Hodeida. Now, as previously agreed, the port city will play a crucial role for the United Nations.

The UN chief stated that a second round of peace discussion on the issue of Yemen conflict has been slated for January end.

Some of the pledge and the time-period of the primary agreement are mentioned below:

Within 14 days of the accord, the Houthi rebels would withdraw from the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa to the north of Sanaa road.

The prompt re-distribution of the government forces to the south of the line.

Complete retreat of the Houthi militia from the city of Hodeidah during the second phase to places outside the northern city limits within the 21 days after the pact.

To maintain the security of Hodeidah and the ports of Hodeidah, Ras Issa, and Salih is the duty of the security forces, in agreement with Yemeni law.

The legal tracks of the Authority must be honored and any hurdles or hindrance to the working of local institutions, which includes Houthi supervisors, should be eradicated.

Also, the deal involves the Houthi pull out from Taiz and freeing of thousands of prisoners.

These promises are conforming to the Arab coalition and the White House’s perception to the continuing conflict as a proxy war started by Iran backing Houthis.

The Resolution 2216, adopted by the UN Security Council in April 2015 requires that Houthis should remove their forces from various areas under their control completely.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have halted their ongoing invasion against the port of Hodeidah, only considering the enforcement of Resolution 2216.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the UAE, Anwar Gargash also spoke about the same in Twitter.

The Sweden deal is a much-awaited success for the international community as well as for the Arab coalition. During Saudi Crown Prince’s recent meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the former underscored that the British draft resolution on Yemen should particularly mention the Resolution 2216.

On the Yemen crisis, the international effort was led by Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen.

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