UN confirms al-Houthi withdrawal, says much must be done to remove military appearances

UN confirms al-Houthi withdrawal, says much must be done to remove military appearances

The United Nations said the al-Houthi group handed over the security of the three port of Hodeidah to the "Coast Guard", without indicating the identity of the troops received, but noted that there was still much work to be done to remove the military equipment.

The head of the UN Coordination and redeployment Committee, General Michael Lolisgaard, welcomed the handover of "port security to the Coast Guard", according to a UN statement.

The UN mission confirmed in its statement Tuesday—read by Al-Masdar online--the need to do a lot to remove the military appearances, noting that the cooperation  "was and still very good."

"United Nations teams will continue to monitor these initial steps with integrity and transparency," the statement said.

"Effective implementation of these steps requires the strengthening of the United Nations presence in ports to support its management by the Red Sea Ports Company and the strengthening of the monitoring of the United Nations Verification and inspection mechanism in accordance with the Hodeidah agreement," the UN mission said in a statement.

"The full implementation of the agreement is essential to restore peace and stability in Yemen and to ensure that humanitarian relief reaches millions of people in need of life-saving assistance," the statement said.

The Houthis announced Saturday the withdrawal of their militants from the ports of Hodeidah, handing them to the forces of the "Coast Guard ", and later the group said that the forces that received the ports loyal to them, and the spokesman of the group Mohamed Abdul Salam said that his group committed to the implementation of the first phase of redeployment, demanding the United Nations The international community, by proving their credibility and obliging the coalition and legality to implement their commitments in Sweden.

According to the Yemeni government, the withdrawal took place in Hodeidah, "a naïve trick and play in which the Houthis handed the ports to their gunmen in a different uniform."

No official comment was issued by the government, but the head of the government team for the implementation of the Sweden Agreement and the redeployment process, Maj.-Gen. Sagheer bin Aziz, confirmed in tweets on his Twitter account – read by Al-Masdar online – that their position on the so-called redeployment is clear, "any unilateral step is not valuable unless the procedure is done as agreed in the concept of redeployments. distances, joint control and verification, maps of mines and removal of all armed appearances and Supervisors “.

Ben Aziz said that the Coast Guard, which is tasked with receiving ports from militias  "The main Coast guard who have joined the service according to the law," and stressed the "exclusion of militias from all state facilities in accordance with international resolutions, the return of the administrative crews to the work, the return of the displaced, the opening of roads, reoperation of economic facilities  ".

Ben Aziz  "praised the response of General Lolisgaard to return to the course of the agreement and consider what is going to be part of the first phase as a unilateral" without clarifying the intention, but he confirmed the adoption of a "position rejecting any manipulation of the concept of the Stockholm Agreement."

The Stockholm accord states that "the responsibility for the security of the city of Hodeidah, ports of Hodeidah, al-Saleef and Ras Issa rests with the local security forces in accordance with Yemeni law". If they are serious about implementing the agreement of Sweden.


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