Ye­men rebels boy­cott talks with UN- led peace team

The Asian Age - - World -

Sanaa, Jan. 13: Ye­meni rebels on Sun­day boy­cotted a meet­ing chaired by the head of a UN- led cease­fire mon­i­tor­ing team in the flash­point city of Hodeida, ac­cus­ing him of pur­su­ing “other agen­das”.

Re­tired Dutch gen­eral Patrick Cam­maert is lead­ing a joint com­mit­tee, which in­cludes both gov­ern­ment and rebel rep­re­sen­ta­tives, tasked with over­see­ing a truce in the Red Sea port city and the with­drawal of both par­ties.

Huthi rebel ne­go­tia­tor Mo­hammed Ab­del­salam said Cam­maert “steered from the course of the agree­ment by im­ple­ment­ing other agen­das”.

“If ( UN en­voy to Ye­men Martin) Grif­fiths does not ad­dress the is­sue, it is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to dis­cuss any other mat­ter,” he said on Twit­ter with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

An AFP pho­tog­ra­pher said that the Huthi rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not take part in the com­mit­tee meet­ing in Hodeida on Sun­day.

Clashes erupted be­tween Huthi rebels and gov­ern­ment forces in Hodeida on Satur­day, deal­ing a new blow to the frag­ile truce.

The rebel- held port city, which is a life­line for the de­liv­ery of des­per­ately needed hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, was for months the main front line in the Ye­meni con­flict after gov­ern­ment forces sup­ported by Saudi Ara­bia and its al­lies launched an of­fen­sive to cap­ture it in June.

But last month the war­ring par­ties agreed a cease­fire for Hodeida dur­ing UN- spon­sored talks in Swe­den.

— AFP

King Ab­dul­lah II of Jor­dan and Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al- Sisi re­view an hon­our guard at Marka In­ter­na­tional Ai­port in Am­man, Jor­dan, on Sun­day.

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