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Houthis did not honour Stockholm agreement: PM

By Nabil Abdullah al-Tamimi in Aden

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Representatives of the UN Redeployment Co-ordination Committee arrive to attend a joint meeting with representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthis in the port city of al-Hodeidah on September 8th. [STR/AFP]

It has been one year this week since the Stockholm Agreement was signed between the Houthis (Ansarallah) and the Yemeni government, but the Houthis have yet to implement any of the terms, Yemen's prime minister said.

The agreement, signed December 13th, 2018 during peace talks in Sweden, called for a ceasefire in al-Hodeidah and the mutual redeployment of forces from the city and the ports of Salif, Ras Issa and al-Hodeidah within 21 days.

Per the agreement, both sides were to release about 16,000 prisoners of war.

But this has not yet happened, Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalik said.

Additionally, he said, the Iran-backed Houthis "continue to put restrictions on the work of the UN mission in al-Hodeidah".

They also have continued to target commercial ships in the Red Sea, threaten international navigation, and target the headquarters of the government ceasefire monitoring team of the UN's Redeployment Co-ordination Committee.

The prime minister's remarks came during a Tuesday (December 17th) meeting in Aden with members of the al-Hodeidah local authority to discuss the authority's efforts to normalise conditions and establish security in the province.

The meeting also sought to assess their urgent service, development, humanitarian and relief needs.

"The Houthis refuse to transfer public revenues to the Central Bank as per the Stockholm Agreement so we can pay state employees' salaries," Abdulmalik said.

"They also looted [resources] and failed to honour their promises to open safe humanitarian corridors in al-Hodeidah, implement the prisoner swap agreement and lift their siege of Taez," he added.

The coalition has so far freed only 135 Houthis, and the insurgents have released 290 coalition fighters.

UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday to meet with Yemen's government and hold talks on new peace negotiations.

Griffiths held similar discussions with Houthis in Sanaa before heading to Riyadh.

Call for abandoning agreement

Local officials have urged the government to abandon the Stockholm Agreement, in view of the Houthis' failure to comply with its terms, and proceed with the military push to restore al-Hodeidah to government hands.

Deputy al-Hodeidah governor Walid al-Qadimi told Al-Mashareq Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi now faces two choices.

Faced with the Houthis' failure to comply with the Stockholm Agreement, he said, Hadi can "abandon the agreement and issue orders to the army to resume the liberation of al-Hodeidah".

Or else he can list all of the Houthis' violations that have undermined the agreement "so as to secure international consensus on the resumption of army operations to liberate al-Hodeidah", he said.

"The people of al-Hodeidah have held rallies in liberated districts calling for the liberation of al-Hodeidah, to stop the Houthis' violations and put an end to the humanitarian, health, social and economic suffering of its people," he noted.

"We are peacemakers, but the Houthis have so far committed some 12,000 violations, killed 223 civilians and injured 2,180 others," he said.

"The agreement stipulates their withdrawal to the south of the province and the legitimate government's forces to the north of the province, so humanitarian corridors can be opened and assistance allowed in, but this has not happened."

'UN must take a firm stance'

Political analyst Faisal Ahmed told Al-Mashareq the Yemeni government signed the Stockholm Agreement only after it received guarantees from the UN and international community that the Houthis would abide by its terms.

"This puts the responsibility on the UN as well," he said.

The Houthis have attacked Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, head of the UN observer team tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in al-Hodeidah, he said, referring to a January incident in which a UN convoy came under fire.

"This gives the UN an indication as to the extent of the Houthis' compliance with the implementation of the agreement," Ahmed said.

"The UN must take a firm stance with the Houthis so they do not go further, and make Yemenis lose in peace as they lost in war," he said.

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It’s better for Yemen to be governed by Houthis than Emiratis. This is because Houthis, after all, are Yemenis. We can differ and we can have dialogue as Yemenis, and then we can reach solutions. As to UAE, it’s a state that wants to occupy Yemen and loot its wealth. By nature, Yemenis are free and don’t accept slavery and cannot live under occupation, as was the case with the Ottomans and British who were ousted from Yemen by armed struggle. Therefore, anyone who tries to occupy Yemen will have the same fate.

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I hate those who want to divide Yemenis. Houthis are Yemeni. Every free Yemeni will defend their country against the ambitions of aggressors and will not betray their country. We're all Yemenis! Wake up, idiots!

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With hardship, there will be ease, God willing! God knows the truth, and we pray to God to give victory to the truth which He knows.

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May God relieve it for us!

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O God bring revenge against those who entered Yemen. No pain and no wounds.

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My curse and anger on them!

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God's prayers and peace be on Muhammad and Muhammad's family!

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Houthis are a rogue movement that doesn’t honour its pledges and always breaches the truce. I think there is collusion between the movement and the UN. If it was the joint forces that were violating the truce, strong measures would be taken against them.

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I pray to God to unite Yemenis and give them victory over their enemy. O, God, please spare the blood of all Yemenis!

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Amen!

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God's curse be on all of them, Magi pigs!

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Who are you and where do you live?

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I'm a man who is impatiently waiting for death.

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I ask for forgiveness from the mighty Allah!

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God suffices me and He is the best disposer of affairs!

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May God damn the Jews and Al Saud and those who are allied with them! Those who are traitors and mercenaries are more misguided than animals.

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God curse those who ally themselves with the Jews.

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All those who support the Jews and Saudi Arabia against their compatriots are more than the filthy.

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Houthis must be pressured to implement all UN resolutions.

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May God help Yemenis and relieve them of the wars that are only serving the enemies of religion and homeland!

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O, God, please reform Yemen!

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Yemen has been facing a financial and economic crisis for eight years. There is also famine, and there are no job opportunities. This is in addition to problems with electricity and high prices. God willing, God will relieve all Yemenis, Arabs and Muslims and heal all Muslim men and women who suffer from swine flu and all other diseases. God suffices me and He is the best disposer of affairs! I seek repentance from God. I seek repentance from God. There is no god but Allah. May Allah be praised, as I’ve been one of the unjust! I seek repentance from God.

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Thank God! Our people have been facing extremely difficult economic and security conditions for 8 years. We pray to God Almighty to relieve us as He is capable of everything.

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Houthis have involved themselves in the decision-making process although they are a militia supported by other forces. They don't have the decision in their hands. The states that are supporting them want to use them in implementing their goals in the political field to create obstacles for neighbouring and regional countries in Bab el-Mendeb Strait so they can achieve their own goals. As to us as the Yemeni people, we condemn these acts of the Houthi militia.

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Houthis have no say to this in this; the decision is in Iran's hands, and they're just an arm of Iranian terrorism.

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Those who claim to have legitimacy don’t have the decision. They are agents who are forced by Saudi Arabia and UAE and have no choice. Their intentions have become clear; they don’t fight to restore legitimacy. The best proof of this is what’s happening in Aden. They haven’t waken up yet out of their sleep. Fear God and re-do your calculations.

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Yemen and San'a are suffering from the unjust aggression. Victory to Yemen. We're steadfast.

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What is important is that these words won't be mere ink on paper.

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If intentions are sincere ...

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Houthis are outsiders protected by Iran.

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It was he who defended you, O filthy one!

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And you're mean outsider and a mercenary! You've sold off your homeland.

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