UN proposes to establish safe corridors run by international forces in Hodeidah

UN proposes to establish safe corridors run by international forces in Hodeidah


The United Nations has put forward a new proposal to resolve the conflict in the western city of Hodeidah, which includes the establishment of safe corridors run by international forces, a Yemeni government source said Sunday.

According to Anadolu agency, the new chairman of the Redeployment Committee in Hodeidah, Danish general Michael Lolisgaard, put the proposal to the Yemeni government and the al-Houthi group.

He added that the proposal includes the withdrawal of the forces of the two parties from the city and ports of Hodeidah to sites to be agreed, and the establishment of safe corridors for the passage of humanitarian aid from the port of Hodeidah run by international forces, and open roads and crossings.

The source did not indicate more information about the number, nationalities, and areas of concentration of the troops, arguing that the details were not relevant at this time.

He said the government side is still studying the proposal, while the Houthi side has not made any decision until 16:00 GMT.

According to the same source, the United Nations has resorted to the proposed deployment of international troops, after the former Chairman of the redeployment Committee in Hodeidah, Dutch general Patrick Cammert, reached a deadlock with the Houthis, who refused to withdraw from the city in accordance with the Swedish agreement.

The United Nations announced last Thursday that representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthi group had reached a "principled agreement" on the mutual redeployment of troops in the city of Hodeidah and the opening of humanitarian corridors.

"Lolisgaard, chairman of the International Ceasefire Observer Group (Hodeidah), expects to hold another meeting between the two parties within the next week, with the aim of finalizing the Details of the troop redeployment process. "

On 13 December, following consultations in Sweden, the government and the Houthis reached an agreement on the solution of the situation in the coastal province of Hodeidah, as well as the exchange of prisoners and detainees on both sides, who number over 15,000.

However, the application of the agreement is hampered by a discrepancy between the signatories in the interpretation of a number of its clauses.


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