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Houthis to Face International Pressure for Dodging Implementation of Stockholm Agreement

Houthis to Face International Pressure for Dodging Implementation of Stockholm Agreement

Monday, 28 January, 2019 - 09:30
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks during an interview with Reuters in Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 4, 2018. REUTERS/
Aden – Ali Rabeei
United Nation Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths will kickstart the new round of peace efforts in the region in Sanaa, where he is scheduled to advise Houthi leaders against breaking the UN-brokered Stockholm agreement, the latest breakthrough in long-stalled Yemeni peace talks.

This will be the Griffiths’ third visit to Sanaa this month, in an effort aimed at convincing Houthis to agree to fully hand over the key port city of Hodeidah, as stipulated by the Stockholm agreement. Retreating and turning over the control of the strategic city comes as part of confidence-building measures between Yemeni warring parties.

Griffiths’ visit to Sanaa follows "strongly worded” remarks by the Yemeni foreign ministry against Houthi intransigence, as well-informed sources said international assurances were given to Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani.

International diplomats vowed to place pressure on Houthis to withdraw from Hodeidah and its ports.

UN chief António Guterres had promised during a meeting in New York last Friday not to let down Yemenis with whom he shares a special relationship from his days serving as a high commissioner for refugees, Al Yamani confirmed in a tweet.

Al Yamani quoted Guterres as saying that "the Hodeidah agreement will be implemented and that the Houthis will leave the city and ports as a first step towards achieving peace in Yemen."

The Yemeni government began to feel constrained by the Houthi procrastination in the implementation of the Swedish agreement, in addition to its repeated violations, as well as the militia presence inside Hodeidah and the rest of the governorate, especially in the southern regions of Zabid, Hays and Beit al-Faqih.

The Yemeni Foreign Ministry warned in a statement on Saturday that Houthis have dodged the implementation of the Hodeidah agreement, refused to open safe corridors for humanitarian aid and bombed Red Sea wheat silos.

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