Yemen As Well As Houthi Rebels Admit To Abide By the Pullout Deal

February 18, 2019

Yemen’s government along with the Houthi rebels admitted to follow the first phase of the pullout from the key city of Hodeidah, which has been mentioned in a deal that, was reached last year in December. The UN called this move as a crucial progress.

The re-stationing of troops from Hodeidah is an integral part of a truce that was agreed in Sweden last year. The deal requests the government as well as the Houthis to pull out their forces from the port area.

The frail ceasefire deal marks the first significant step towards ending a destructive war that has pushed Yemen to the verge of famine. After two days of discussions in Hodeidah, the government and Houthis concluded a deal on the first phase of the withdrawal and also admitted generally on the second phase.

The discussions were headed by a Danish general, Michael Lollesgaard, as chair of a re-stationing coordination committee (RCC) that consists of the government as well as the Houthis. According to a UN statement, after lengthy and practical discussions assisted by the RCC chair, the parties reached a decision on phase one of the mutual restationing of forces.

The sides made an important advancement on planning for the re-stationing of forces; however, no specific date was given to start the demilitarization. It has been also stated that the parties admitted generally on phase two of the mutual redeployment, ongoing additional consultations within respective leadership.

The first phase offers for a withdrawal from the ports of Hodeidah, Ras Issa, and Saleef and also from parts of Hodeidah where there are humanitarian facilities.

Under the Stockholm pact, the withdrawal was ecpected to have taken place two weeks after the truce went into force on 18th December, but the deadline was missed.

The UN wishes that de-escalation in Hodeidah would allow food as well as medical aid to reach to millions in desperate need.

The UN statement stated that a new round of talk is planned within a week to finalize details on the second phase of redeployment,
The truce and a Hodeidah withdrawal acknowledged in Stockholm have been hailed as advancement toward finishing Yemen’s nearly four-year war.

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