Till Sweden Deal Gets Enforced, Yemen President Won’t Hold Any Fresh Round of Dialogue

February 13, 2019

On Tuesday, Yemen President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi stated that headway must be made on the peace accord that was reached in Sweden before any new round of talks is held.
Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy to Yemen, reached Riyadh on 12th February in order to meet with the officials of Yemeni government. Before that he even travelled to Sanaa for holding discussions with Houthi leaders.

The international body has been pressing for the enforcement of a truce and troop pullout from Hodeidah, the main entry port city for Yemen’s goods and humanitarian aid.
The deal specifies that a new security force will be taking charge of the city, a crucial move to avert famine and to open the humanitarian corridors.

The deal was reached during UN-led discussion in Sweden in December. However, Yemen’s government has blamed the Houthis of threatening the deal.

Mr Hadi told the UN envoy that Yemeni government needs to be offered the confidence and security from the UN that the agreement reached in Sweden is completely enforced by the Houthis before a new round of discussion takes place
Mr Griffiths aimed to hold another round of discussion this year and planned to make a breakthrough on a long-lasting political settlement to conclude the almost four-year-long civil war.

Consultation between the conflicting parties last week resulted in an initial compromise on how to pull back troops, even though the deal has not yet been finally acknowledged.
Discussions were also held in Amman, Jordan, on a prisoner swap deal; however, representatives from the both end failed to conclude the exchange. The swap is regarded as a crucial element to be based on the Swedish accord.

Regardless of the setbacks, the UN mission in Yemen remains optimistic that progress can be made.

The statement of Yemen’s President comes when Yemen’s Minister of Information Moamar Al Eyrani condemned on Tuesday what it calls as a “partial” UN statement on the Houthis’ pledge to allow aid into rebel-held areas.

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