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Gen. Patrick Cammaert in Hodeidah. AFP

Tue - 15 Jan 2019 - 12:56 AM ،،،

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 The former Dutch general tasked by the United Nations with ensuring the Hodeidah ceasefire is implemented has in the past week had to meet separately with Yemen government officials and Houthi rebels because the rival sides are not willing to be in the same room.

The admission throws into doubt the effectiveness of a joint Redeployment Coordination Committee set up to monitor the ceasefire and ensure other commitments given at peace talks in Sweden last month are honoured on the ground. It also comes after a Houthi drone strike on the Al Anad military base in Lahaj province last Thursday killed seven people, including Yemen’s intelligence chief.

The Hodeidah truce – which is limited to the Red Sea Port city and surrounding environs – is being overseen by a team headed by Patrick Cammaert, a veteran of numerous UN peacekeeping missions. He has been in Yemen since December 22, twice meeting rival sides together but his job appears to have become significantly more difficult in recent days.