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International concerns over violations of Houthis in Hodeidah

Friday 15/March/2019 - 02:10 PM
The Reference
Mahmoud Mohammadi

The Yemeni government has not made any effort to implement the UN conventions on the city of Hodeidah, especially the Stockholm Agreement, which eliminates any obstacles or impediments to local institutions from performing their functions. However, the other side of the Iranian-backed militia, represented in Houthis, preferred to practice its favorite hobby which is circumventing the terms of the agreement in order to evade its implementation.

During a closed-door session of the Security Council on the situation in Yemen, the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, confirmed that the objectives of the Hodeidah Agreement had not yet been achieved and that he was still in contact with the parties to begin implementation of the first phase.

He explained that it is difficult to build confidence between the parties and that it is almost non-existent but necessary for the implementation of redeployment, and that the first phase is very important and more important than the second phase.

Griffith also thanked the legitimate Yemeni government for its flexibility in preparing for the first phase of the redeployment in Hodeidah, revealing that he had spoken with the militias about the Taiz case, expressing his hope for the release of 1,700 detainees.

Britain has demanded the withdrawal of Houthi militias from the city of Hodeidah and the implementation of the redeployment agreement agreed last December in Sweden. British government spokeswoman Alison King stressed the importance of resolving the Yemeni crisis through political dialogue.

King said in a press statement that Britain supports the dialogue and that the Iranian-backed militia must leave Hodeidah and its port. Renewed combat operations pose a threat to the Yemeni people, who suffer primarily from Iranian interference in his country.

The spokeswoman said that several reports showed that Iran is providing Houthis with ballistic missiles, which threatens regional security and prolong the conflict, stressing that the provision of weapons to the Houthis is contrary to the resolutions of the UN Security Council.