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Head of UN Observer mission arrives in Yemeni

Sana’a Feb. 11, 2019 (dpa/NNN) The Head of a UN Team, Michael Lollesgaard, overseeing a ceasefire in Yemen’s Western City of Hodeida, arrived in the Capital Sana’a on Monday for talks with Houthi officials.

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Sana’a Feb. 11, 2019 (dpa/NNN) The Head of a UN Team, Michael Lollesgaard, overseeing a ceasefire in Yemen’s Western City of Hodeida, arrived in the Capital Sana’a on Monday for talks with Houthi officials.

The former Danish general is expected to be joined by the U.N special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, a rebel source in Sana’a told dpa.

The UN officials are scheduled to hold meetings with senior rebel officials to discuss the redeployment agreement in Hodeida.

After the meetings, Griffiths is expected to head to the Saudi capital Riyadh to meet with Yemeni President, Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, the source added.

The truce agreement for Hodeida included a province-wide ceasefire and the withdrawal of Houthi fighters.

It went into effect on Dec. 18, 2018, following UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden between the Iran-allied Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.

However, there has been a hold-up in the withdrawal of fighters and both sides blamed each other for breaching the ceasefire.

Hodeida has been a major sticking point between the government and the Houthis.

The city and its vital port have been under rebel control since late 2014 when the Houthis took over the capital Sana’a and other parts of Yemen.

Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, has been in the grips of a devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-linked rebels since late 2014. (dpa/NNN)

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