The government accuses the United Nations of "manipulating" the implementation of the Sweden agreement and says "our patience will not be long"

The government accuses the United Nations of "manipulating" the implementation of the Sweden agreement and says "our patience will not be long"


The Yemeni government on Tuesday morning attacked the United Nations and its envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, accusing it of "manipulation and lack of seriousness" in dealing resolutely with the Al-Houthi group in implementing the Sweden agreement in Hodeidah.

This came after a joint statement by the United Nations Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, on Monday, values the Houthis ' efforts to reopen the road to the wheat warehouses, south of Hodeidah.

In a series of tweets on Twitter, government Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani threatened that "the government's patience for this manipulation will not be prolonged."

He said the joint statement of the parties contradicted the earlier remarks by Marc Lowcock, who blamed the Houthis for preventing the unloading of wheat stocks in Red Sea mills and blocking the opening of safe food supply lines.

Al-Eryani promised the statement "a clear and flagrant bias that must not be tolerated; it is contrary to the reality on the ground, as the Houthi militia has for two months continued to disrupt the implementation of the Sweden Convention on the status of Hodeidah and the obstruction of redeployment."

He said the statement ignores all the efforts and concessions made by the Government and the Arab coalition to implement the agreement, describing it as "unfortunate."

He said the contents of the statement "confirms the acquiescence of the UN envoy to Yemen to blackmail and pressure of the Houthi militia, which prevents until the moment the arrival of relief supplies to citizens, and threatens to booby-trap the port and blow it up."

According to Al-Eryani, the statement ignored the Government's commitment to implement the Sweden agreement, and "made every effort to facilitate the passage of humanitarian aid, sensing the suffering of citizens."

He called the special envoy on Yemen and the International Observer Group in Hodeidah to identify the party obstructing the implementation of the agreement.

Last Thursday, UN Secretary-General Stefan Dujarric expressed concern over the Houthis ' refusal to allow international organization staff access to Red Sea Mills since September 2018 by cutting off roads leading to them.

"The grain may be corrupted in silos, while some 10 million people in the country (out of a total of about 28 million) are one step away from starvation," said Dujarric, who is under UN humanitarian affairs Undersecretary Mark Lowcock.

However, in the same vein, the statement issued by Griffiths and Lowcock said: "We value the affirmation by Ansar Allah of their commitment to the implementation of the Hodeidah agreement, and we appreciate their previous efforts to restore the road leading to mills, under difficult and dangerous circumstances."

The mills are located south of Hodeidah, on the lines of contact between the Houthis and government forces, and are currently controlled by the latter, while the United Nations has been using it since the start of the war to grind the wheat provided to aid the civilian population.

The release came as the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, the al-Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa, has been in the country since Monday.


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