UN Announces Breakthrough Ceasefire In Yemen That Will See Ports, Airports Reopened

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Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to a two-month ceasefire that will allow fuel ships to enter Houthi-held al-Hudaydah port and select flights from Sanaa International Airport, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Gruenberg, announced on April 1.

In a statement, Gruenberg said that the nationwide ceasefire, which will go into effect on April 2, could be renewed with the consent of the parties.

“The parties accepted to halt all offensive military air, ground and maritime operations inside Yemen and across its borders; they also agreed for fuel ships to enter into Hudaydah ports and commercial flights to operate in and out of Sana’a airport to predetermined destinations in the region; they further agreed to meet under my auspices to open roads in Taiz and other governorates in Yemen. The Truce can be renewed beyond the two-month period with the consent of the parties,” the envoy said in the statement.

Gruenberg noted that the breakthrough ceasefire would not have been possible without international and regional support. The envoy also promised to work during the next two months to reach a permanent ceasefire agreement.

“This Truce is a first and long overdue step. All Yemeni women, men and children that have suffered immensely through over seven years of war expect nothing less than an end to this war. The parties must deliver nothing less,” Gruenberg said.

The UN-brokered ceasefire was welcomed by both the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis (Ansar Allah).

Foreign Minister in the Saudi-backed government, Ahmed Bin Mubarak, he will be facilitating arrangements for the release of prisoners, opening Sanaa International Airport and allowing fuel vessels to dock at al-Hudaydah port.

“In implementation of that directive, we immediately announce the release of the first two fuel ships through al-Hudaydah port,” the minister said on Twitter.

Houthi chief negotiator Mohammed Abdulsalam welcomed the ceasefire. Another senior Houthi official, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, called for cautious.

“The ceasefire announced by the [UN] envoy will be credible with implementation … And our Yemeni people should be careful,” al-Houthi said in a tweet.

Both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis announced short ceasefires a few days before the UN announcement. The two sides also exchanged peace initiatives.

The UN-brokered ceasefire in Yemen is unprecedented in both its scale and conditions, which fulfill the demands of all warring parties.

The ceasefire could become a turning point in the Yemeni peace process, if the UN manage to build trust between all parties, especially between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition.

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