The day after the United Nations confirmed its envoy's continuing mission. The government accuses Griffith of legitimize al-Houthi's control over the ports of Hodeidah

The day after the United Nations confirmed its envoy's continuing mission. The government accuses Griffith of legitimize al-Houthi's control over the ports of Hodeidah

The Yemeni government has renewed its accusation against the UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffith, in siding with the Houthis and attempting to legitimize the play of unilateral withdrawal from the ports of Hodeidah, following the confirmation by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of his confidence in his envoy and his continued leadership of the United Nations in Yemen.

A government report, issued by the consultation team, accused Martin Griffith of seeking to legitimize the al-Houthi unilateral withdrawal from Hodeidah, stabilizing the group's control over the ports through its loyal Coast Guard forces, and recognizing the Houthi security forces in the city as a constitutional and legal force.

The report confirmed the government's rejection of the "announcement by the UN team that the Houthis began implementing the redeployment from the ports of Hodeidah, Al-Saleef and Ras Issa on May 11th 2019 and that the security of these ports is attributed to the Coast Guard."

He explained that what happened was a copy of a previous play that the Houthis tried to implement on December 29, 2018, and  "It was surprising that the UN team to plan a second attempt to bear the reasons for the first scenario itself and then come out to preach it and confer legitimacy."

The report blamed the UN envoy Griffith for the failure to implement the Hodeidah agreement, noting that the "pressure of time has led the UN envoy and his team to adopt the unilateral redeployment of the Houthis, marketing them and trying to legalize them."

The report contained government recognition of errors in Sweden's consultations, and the vague wording contained in the agreement, asserting that "the leadership of legality and its Government, in the present situation, can only take a hard and careful path to the conditions of application of the Agreement, the instruments of its application and the conduct of the UN envoy and his team."

According to a report published by the Army's September net and the Middle East, the government should "insist on the simultaneous application of the three tracks of the agreement: Hodeidah and its ports, the Taiz understandings, and the exchange of prisoners."

In response to a letter from President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his full confidence in his Special envoy, Martin Griffith.

"The Special Envoy will redouble his efforts to support the parties, the government and the Houthi militias, to fulfil their commitments made in Stockholm, and he will do so in a balanced way that supports a lasting political solution to the conflict," Gutierrez said, according to UN spokesman Stefan Dujarric.

President Hadi has already addressed a letter to the Secretary-General, in which he accused the UN envoy of siding with the Houthis, violating Sweden's agreement on Hodeidah, splitting it up, obstructing the implementation of the accords on the exchange of prisoners and the disengagement from Ta'izz, as well as violating the three terms of reference and the relevant Security Council resolutions. In Yemen, and the equality between the putschists and the legitimate government.

President Hadi, in his message – which was previously published by Al-Masdar online– Griffith, was given a final opportunity to implement the agreement of Sweden as agreed and to achieve the implementation of international resolutions on Yemen.

The House of Representatives had committed the Government (recognized) not to engage with the UN envoy and to address the United Nations to change it, stressing the need to implement the Stockholm accord as one package without fragmentation.


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