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Cammaert Frustrates Houthi Stalling Tactics in Hodeidah

Cammaert Frustrates Houthi Stalling Tactics in Hodeidah

Saturday, 19 January, 2019 - 07:45
Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert (C), head of the UN mission tasked with overseeing the Hodeidah ceasefire deal. (AFP)
London – Badr al-Qahtani
The firm stances adopted by retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, the head of the UN mission tasked with overseeing the Hodeidah ceasefire deal, have frustrated the Iranian-backed Houthi militias’ stalling tactics with the international community.

This was indirectly expressed Thursday when a Houthi leader, Mohammed al-Bakhiti, announced the militias’ rejection of Security Council resolution 2452 to establish a special political mission to support the implementation of the ceasefire agreement reached in Stockholm in December 2018.

“We will not accept dialogue over increasing the number of international monitors until the Cammaert problem is resolved,” he said, accusing him of seeking to obstruct the Sweden deal.

On Thursday, Cammaert’s armored vehicle came under fire after he was departing a meeting in Hodeidah with legitimate government representatives.

“As they were leaving one UN marked armored vehicle sustained one round of small arms fire. The team returned to base without further incident. We do not have information as to the source of the fire,” UN. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.

The government accused the Houthis of targeting his vehicle.

Asharq Al-Awsat reached Cammaert’s office for comment, but he refused to make a statement.

Undersecretary at the Yemeni Ministry of Youth and Sports Hamza al-Kamali interpreted Bakhiti’s statements as part of a Houthi media campaign aimed thwarting UN efforts to end the war.

Asked by Asharq Al-Awsat why Cammaert, not UN envoy Martin Griffthis, was being targeted, he replied: “The Houthis sense that the retired general is implementing every last detail of the Sweden deal and that he is not one to maneuver. He does not adopt a political approach like Griffiths.”

Head of the Aljazeera Alarabiyah Center for Studies and Research, Najib Ghallab agreed with Kamali, adding that the Houthis realized that Cammaert was more strict in implementing UN resolutions and deals than Griffiths.

This is why the Houthis turned to Griffiths to plead with him to take Cammaert out of the picture, he continued.

The Houthis are being “naive” in believing they can deal with international powers the same way they deal with tribes in Sanaa, he remarked.

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