UN seeks commander of its mission in Hodeidah after U.S. admiral apologizes to replace Lolisgaard

UN seeks commander of its mission in Hodeidah after U.S. admiral apologizes to replace Lolisgaard

U.S. admiral have apologized for leading the UN mission in the Hodeidah directorate in western Yemen, replacing Danish General Michael Lolisgaard, who left his mission to take over the command of his country's forces.

U.S. Admiral Timothy James Keating apologized for taking over the task of chairman of the Redeployment Committee for the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement in Hodeidah and monitoring the ceasefire between the Yemeni government and the Houthi group in the city, as Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said.

The newspaper, quoting UN sources, added that the search is still under way to appoint a new general to manage the UN's impossible mission in Hodeidah.

Al-Arabiya tv earlier reported on the nomination of a New Zealand general to succeed Michael Lolisgaard, chairman of the Hodeidah redeployment Committee.

The United Nations formed a committee to monitor and coordinate the redeployment of troops in Hodeidah in accordance with the Swedish-sponsored agreement between the recognized government and the Houthis in December 2018, and the committee has three representatives from both sides to the conflict.

In the middle of last month, the Joint Committee held its first joint meeting since February, on board a sea-side ship, and the meeting approved the indefinite suspension of the committee's tasks and meetings, after referring the files of the dispute representing the identity of the security forces and the re-operation of unilateral deployment and trilateral verification and the port revenues to the UN envoy Martin Griffiths to be decided with the leadership of the Houthis and legitimacy.

Lolisgaard took over the leadership of the UN mission in Hodeidah, succeeding Dutch General Patrick Kammart, who resigned in January, after being attacked by the Houthi group and under pressure from the UN envoy, against the backdrop of the scheduled mechanism he put in place to implement the Swedish agreement in Hodeidah and the process of re-establishing redeployment , which the Houthis vehemently rejected.

Over the past eight months, all efforts to implement the Swedish agreement in Hodeidah have stalled, the government accuses Martin Griffiths of seeking to prolong his mission, siding with the Houthis, and accusing the group of exploiting the cessation of military operations to reinforce its forces in the city of Hodeidah and its ports, While the Houthis says that the coalition and legitimacy refuse to commit to implementing the agreement.


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