UN Mentions That Yemen Discussion Have Started To Work Out
Three-days into the UN-mediated discussions between the Al Houthi rebels and Yemen government have helped to bring the conflicting parties closer to an arrangement on reassigning their forces from the boiling point i.e. the port city of Hodeidah.
Since Sunday, envoys from the two conflicting sides have been meeting on a UN vessel in the port city of Hodeida to negotiate details of the military retreat in accordance to a truce deal that was reached in Sweden in December.
The UN push to sway pro-government forces and Al Houthi reels to adhere to the Sweden accord is starting to work out. It was mentioned during a statement made by the UN. The statement also read that presently the warring parties have moved closer to accepting approaches for phase one re-stationing than they were six weeks ago.
According to the agreement, phase one arranges for a redeployment from the ports of Saleef, Hodeida, Ras Issa and from other parts of the city where there are humanitarian facilities.
The redeployment was due to happen two weeks after the truce came into effect on 18th December; however, that deadline was missed as the government and Al Houthis were divided over the clarification of the agreement. The government blamed Al Houthis of breaching the truce over 900 times.
The truce and the re-stationing of forces reached in Sweden have been considered as a crucial step toward concluding the Yemen’s destructive four-year war; however, UN officials have cautioned that the peace gains are weak.
The talks on board the ship were headed by retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, who on Tuesday transferred his job as the head of the UN observer mission in Yemen to Danish General Michael Lollesgaard.
Lollesgaard spearheaded a new round of discussions on board the ship on 6th February.
The meetings is going to focus on the complication of dissociating forces in close presence of each other and the slow redeployment of heavy ammunitions, weapons, and infantry,”
The Red Sea port of Hodeida serves as the entry point for the huge amount of Yemen’s imported goods as well as humanitarian aid. It is also a lifeline to millions of Yemenis who are on the brink of starvation. The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.