Yemeni parliament calls for boycott of UN envoy

May 22, 2019

The Yemeni parliament on Tuesday called on its government to boycott UN envoy Martin Griffith on the basis that it violated UN resolutions on Yemen.

In a letter addressed to the 0Yemeni Prime Minister Moin Abdul Malik, the parliament said that “the so-called withdrawal of the Houthis (from the ports of Hodeidah) was with the blessing of UN envoy Martin Griffith,” saying that
“is a non-respect to the UN resolutions.”

He added that “the policy adopted by the UN envoy does not lead to achieving the peace we are all wanting and planning for but will result in prolonging the war.”

The statement called on the government to “refrain from dealing with the UN envoy until it retracts from the violation of UN resolutions … and the implementation of the Swedish agreement, which requires the militias to withdraw from Hodeidah and its ports on the Red Sea.”

On May 14, the Houthis announced that they had completed the first phase of redeployment in Hodeidah province and its ports: Hodeidah, Saleef, and Ras Issa.

Last Wednesday, battles broke out between forces loyal to the Yemeni government, and Houthi militants, in the city of Hodeidah.

The Yemeni government accused the Huthi militias of handing over the ports to their agents, in violation of the Swedish agreement.

Last December, the government and the Houthis reached agreement in Sweden on several files, including the situation in Hodeidah, under the auspices of the United Nations.

The agreement is based on the withdrawal of Huthi forces from Hodeidah and its ports by January 7, in order to avoid an attack on the port and a prelude to negotiations to end the war entering its fifth year.

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