Stockholm Agreement gives hope of peaceful solution in Yemen
During eight intensive days, the eyes of the world were trained on Rimbo, where UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths led consultations with the parties to the conflict in Yemen. The delegations from the two parties, the Government of Yemen and Ansar Allah, agreed on Thursday 13 December in the ‘Stockholm Agreement’ to a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah. The parties have agreed to withdraw their troops from Hodeidah and for the port to be managed and monitored with UN support, which will enable the import of vital provisions to the country. The Stockholm Agreement also includes a prisoner exchange and steps towards a ceasefire in the city of Taiz.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres participated in the final stages of the negotiations and spoke about the importance of trust-building talks and the agreements reached in Sweden.
“This is just a beginning. But at least, it’s the beginning of a process in which there is a clear will to come to an end result that is peace in Yemen and the future that the Yemeni people deserve. The fact that we came to an agreement on Hodeidah – that many would consider the most difficult of the problems on the table – gives us the hope that this process will now be moving step by step,” said Mr Guterres.
“The Yemeni people now want to see results. They want stability, prosperity and peace in their country,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, and encouraged the parties to continue to engage constructively with the UN process to pave the way for stability and peace in Yemen.
“We hope that this positive spirit of Rimbo will prevail,” added Ms Wallström, who also raised the important role played by the Women’s Technical Advisory Group in the process.