UN Council Pressurize Yemen’s Conflicting Parties to Pullout Hodeidah Troops

February 5, 2019

The United Nations Security Council pleaded the conflicting parties in Yemen to pull out their forces from the nation’s main port city of Hodeidah and also from two other ports on an immediate basis without further deferment.

On Monday, representatives from both warring parties met on a ship for a second day on the Red Sea, according to a UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. Dujarric stated that the UN-led initiative to enforce the halted troop pullout which was reached in Sweden during the discourse held between the two parties in Sweden. He even stated that both have restated their pledge to enforce the Hodeidah facet of the Stockholm agreement.

The conflicting parties were supposed to pullout their forces by 7th January as part of endeavors to fend off a full-scale attack on Hodeidah, but were unsuccessful to do so as the Iranian-affiliated Houthi rebel and the Saudi-backed government clashed on who should be taking charge of the city as well as the ports.

A Sunni Muslim Arab coalition headed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates mediated in Yemen in 2015 in order to bring back the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after it was dethroned from power in the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in 2014.

The ceasefire has to a great extent held in Hodeidah, but conflict has heightened in recent weeks. Violence has lingered in many parts of the nation which were not a part to the deal.
In a statement on Monday, the 15-member U.N. Security Council conveyed worries at charge of breaching of the truce. In a letter dated 31st January to the council, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates charged the Houthis of carrying out 970 violations of the accord since Dec. 18. The council pleaded the U.N. Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths to keep them closely informed about the advancements so that they may regard further steps as needed in order to back a political settlement.

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