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Aboard UN Ship, Yemen's Government Makes Demands Clear

Aboard UN Ship, Yemen's Government Makes Demands Clear

Thursday, 19 December, 2019 - 07:15
Lieutenant General of India Abhijit Guha (C) head of the UN mission in Hodeidah, leads UN-mediated peace talks. EPA/STRINGER

Representatives from the UN, the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels held on Wednesday their seventh meeting on board a UN ship in the Red Sea.

During the talks, the Yemeni government stressed the need to discuss the first and second phases of the military redeployment and implementing the ceasefire deal in the port city of Hodeidah and to open all humanitarian corridors for the delivery of food aid to civilians.

The meeting marks a year since the signing of the Stockholm deal between the legitimacy and the Houthis in Sweden's capital, which led to the establishment of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), a body set up by the UN to oversee the ceasefire and troop exit in Hodeidah.

General Abhijit Guha, who heads the RCC and the UN mission in support of the Hodeidah deal (UNMHA), chaired Wednesday’s meeting.

The Yemeni government delegation was led by Major General Mohammed Aida.

Military spokesman for the Yemeni Joint Forces on the West Coast Wadah Al-Dabish said the meeting kicked off with remarks delivered by Goha, followed by a statement by the government representative.

Aida hoped the meeting would have positive results, adding that the UN General praised the government team for facilitating the mission of humanitarian organizations in Yemen.

Dabish said that the government delegation expressed regret over the Houthi insistence to besiege the UN team in insurgent-controlled areas.

Houthi-linked media outlets reported that the group’s representatives lashed out at the UN team during Wednesday’s meeting.

Ali Moshaki, head of the Houthi delegation, claimed that the UN has failed to achieve its mission in implementing the Sweden deal.

The UN ship, Antarctic Dream, is docked around 30 kilometers off Hodeidah port.

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