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Yemeni Source: Only Deal on Partial Proposal on Hodeidah

Yemeni Source: Only Deal on Partial Proposal on Hodeidah

Saturday, 9 February, 2019 - 07:30
FILE PHOTO: A coast guard walks past a ship docked at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen January 5, 2019. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad/File Photo
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Yemeni government sources denied on Friday reaching any deal with Houthi militias during the latest joint meetings of the Redeployment Coordination Committee on Hodeidah.

A government source confirmed that RCC meetings should resume next week after both sides place their remarks on the “preliminary compromise” on how to implement a truce and troop withdrawal accord in the port of Hodeidah.

On Thursday, the UN announced that a “preliminary compromise” was agreed, pending further consultation by the parties with their respective leaders.

Major General Lollesgaard chairs the RCC, a committee established to ensure the ceasefire is fully implemented.

The two warring groups began last Monday talks over the withdrawal of all forces from the city and its three Red Sea ports aboard a ship docked in the inner harbor of Hodeidah port.

Both sides had agreed to a ceasefire at UN-brokered talks in Stockholm, Sweden last December.

Houthi representatives left on Friday the UN ship to Hodeidah before heading to Sanaa to meet with their leaders.

Sources said that representatives of the Yemeni government headed to Aden’s port to discuss with leaders of the legitimacy results of their third round of talks with the Houthis.

Member of the Yemeni government's delegation to the RCC, Sadiq Dweid wrote on his Twitter account that the legitimate government supports Lollesgaard’s efforts in implementing the Stockholm deal.

Commenting on the UN statement saying parties have reached a “preliminary compromise” on how to implement a truce in Hodeidah, Dweid said that the parties reached a deal on a “partial proposal,” still under study.

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