Warned of failure of Sweden agreement.. Griffith confirms the need to agree on forces to take over Hodeidah

Warned of failure of Sweden agreement.. Griffith confirms the need to agree on forces to take over Hodeidah


The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, said that on May 11-14, al-Houthi (Ansar Allah) carried out an initial redeployment of troops from the ports of Hodeidah, Al-Saleef and Ras Issa under the control and supervision of General Michael Lolisgaard and his team from the United Nations Mission to monitor the implementation of Hodeidah agreement, confirming "the departure of the military forces from the three ports".

In his briefing to the UN Security Council at its Wednesday session, Griffiths “read by Al-Masdar online” said that he was grateful to Abdul Malik  Al-Houthi and his group (Ansar Allah) for his commitment and fulfillment of their promises to implement what was agreed in Stockholm,  "I express my appreciation to them for being the first to redeploy their troops to as agreed. "

The Houthis, on Monday, announced the completion of the redeployment of their troops from the three ports of Hodeidah, the handover of ports to the official Coast Guard, and said that the departure of their armed forces from the ports was supervised by the United Nations and its observer team headed by Lolisgaard, confirming their implementation of the first phase of redeployment in accordance with the agreement of Sweden.

The Yemeni government has confirmed its persistence and commitment to the redeployment as agreed, "as was first negotiated in the first phase of redeployment," he said, referring to a meeting with the Permanent Representative of Yemen yesterday, "and we discussed exactly this clear and unequivocal commitment."

The UN envoy expressed his gratitude to President Hadi “I know he is personally committed to the full implementation of the Hodeidah agreement, and he has often insisted, in particular, on the paramount importance of redeployment." 

The Yemeni Government (recognized) rejected the Houthis ' unilateral withdrawal from the port of Hodeidah, and the Council of Ministers said at its meeting yesterday that what happened in the ports of Hodeidah,  "Open maneuver" of the Houthis,  "in anticipation of the session of the UN Security Council", stressing  "The Government's commitment to implement the decision to withdraw completely and without fragmentation, and not relying on the unilateral declaration of Houthi militias, which repeats the same blatant scenario that they have previously carried out by way of formal withdrawal and rendition of their subordinate elements.

Griffiths explained that the Houthis ' redeployment from the ports is "only the beginning", and should be followed by processes to implement the subsequent steps  "mutual Redeployment ", verify them and monitor them by the parties  "to fulfill their obligations under the Stockholm Convention, stressing that the" Hodeidah agreement will remain in Hazard mode  ", if they do not proceed with the actions to perform the following steps.

The Government requires the full implementation of the first phase, including demining of the perimeter of ports and roads connecting ports to areas in need of assistance.

In his briefing, Griffiths spoke of subsequent steps that should be taken outside the city of Hodeidah, and covered by the agreement, "and chose the Drihmi area, for example," noting the immediate need for humanitarian assistance, citing the opinion of representatives of UN organizations in Yemen.

The Houthis demand the removal of the blockade imposed by the government forces on the residents of Drihmi, and the latter denies it, and says that the militias are detaining the inhabitants of the remote Directorate,as human shields, to stop the progress of the army forces backed by the coalition to liberate them.

Griffiths called on the Yemeni parties to "agree on the operational plan for the second phase, negotiated by General Michael," noting that "the Parties shall monitor, verify and report on all redeployment items" after they have been implementing phases 1 and 2, through the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), which includes both parties and the United Nations.

According to the Government, international law does not contain unilateral steps, stressing that it should go through the three checks, to implement any stage of the Sweden agreement, as stipulated in the Convention signed in Stockholm last December.

Griffiths drew up attention to an attempt to "reach a compatible formula on local forces (who will take over the city and ports) in parallel with our discussion of the redeployment clauses."

The government accuses the Houthis of handing over ports to their militias in "Coast Guard" uniforms, which is in contravention of Sweden's agreement that "the security of the city of Hodeidah, ports of Hodeidah, Al-Saleef and Ras Issa rests with the local security forces under Yemeni law."

The Houthis admitted that they had delivered the ports to loyal forces, asserting that this was the correct interpretation of the text of the Swedish agreement, as the current Coast Guard, police and security forces in Hodeidah were intended by the local security forces under Yemeni law, "which they claim is in their favor.

The UN envoy said that the United Nations is ready to develop and improve the quality of the port of Hodeidah, improve its ports ' reception capabilities, and what the participation of women in consultations and representatives from the South can add to enriching efforts with proposals and solutions that would help resolve the Yemeni crisis.

"In recent days, there are disturbing signs of war which may cause a negative impact," Griffiths warned, adding that "Yemen is still at a crossroads between war and peace," but noted positive signs of "the redeployment of Ansar Allah's forces (Houthis) " from the three ports of Hodeidah, "signs of hope. Nothing, nothing, should remove our welcome or diminish our welcome to the redeployment that has taken place in the last days in Hodeidah. "

The Government considered the Houthi move to be dangerous, and the United Nations and its observer mission would bear the consequences if it did not achieve control and redeployment in accordance with the agreement of Sweden.

Griffiths claimed the persistence and steadfastness of the "cease-fire in general," noting the constant and alarming escalation and could eliminate the hard-won achievements, calling on the Security Council to move urgently to achieve a "lasting and enduring political solution." for Yemen to enjoy peace


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