Yemeni government confirms its commitment to ceasefire in accordance with Sweden talks

The Houthi militia “continues to systematically violate the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah.” (AFP)
Updated 07 January 2019
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Yemeni government confirms its commitment to ceasefire in accordance with Sweden talks

  • The Houthi militia “continues to systematically violate the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah.”
  • The Yemeni official said the international community, especially the sponsors of the peace process in Yemen, should send clear and firm messages to the militia to stop violations

DUBAI: The Yemeni government has confirmed its commitment to the ceasefire while working to implement what was agreed in Sweden’s peace talks, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Hadrami said in a meeting in Riyadh with China's ambassador to Yemen that the Houthi militia “continues to systematically violate the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah.”

The Yemeni official said the international community, especially the sponsors of the peace process in Yemen, should send clear and firm messages to the militia to stop violations against civilians and creating obstructions to peace efforts.

Later the same day, Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered reinforcements be sent to the frontlines in the fight against the Houthis in the region, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

The order came during a meeting in Riyadh with Defense Minister Lieutenant General Mohammad al-Maqdashi.


UN presents new plan for Yemen pullback from Hodeidah

Updated 30 min 33 sec ago
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UN presents new plan for Yemen pullback from Hodeidah

  • The redeployment of forces was agreed in December under a ceasefire deal reached in Sweden that offered the best hope in years of moving toward an end to the war
  • The UN envoy's statement did not give a date for the start of the pullback, which would mark the first step towards de-escalation

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations will present a new plan for the pullback of forces from Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeidah following talks with the government and the Houthis, a UN envoy said Tuesday.
The redeployment of forces was agreed in December under a ceasefire deal reached in Sweden that offered the best hope in years of moving toward an end to the war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.
"Following constructive discussions with both parties, there is significant progress towards an agreement to implement phase one of the redeployments of the Hodeida agreement," said a statement from Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy for Yemen.
"Operational details will be presented to the parties in the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) for endorsement shortly," he added.
The UN envoy's statement did not give a date for the start of the pullback, which would mark the first step towards de-escalation.
Griffiths said he "looks forward to the swift endorsement of the plan."
The United Nations announced a deal on the two-stage pullback from Hodeidah city and its ports on February 17, but the redeployment failed to materialize on the ground.
UN diplomats said the Houthis were refusing to pull away from the ports as part of the first stage. 
Griffiths and head of the RCC, Danish General Michael Lollesgaard, have been holding talks with all sides to overcome the final hurdles.
The Red Sea port of Hodeidah is the entry point for the bulk of imported goods and relief aid to Yemen.
The conflict in Yemen has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian conflict.