Riyadh- Warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire that will take effect shortly before midnight Wednesday, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen said. The Gulf nation has descended into chaos after local Houthi Iran-backed militias staged a coup against the constitutionally elected government in 2014.
Since the announcement on ceasefire, many speculations arose on the extent of commitment the insurgency would deliver given its history with violating truce terms.
Yemen’s government, headed by President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, published an official statement on agreeing to the terms and conditions of the ceasefire put forward by the United Nations Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Houthis along with other coup factions, chiefly composed of fighters backing the former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh, made no immediate commitment to the cessation of hostilities.
Despite the insurgency making no official promise, U.N. envoy Ahmed confirmed having received the approval of all fighting parties in Yemen.
The warring factions agreed to follow the conditions of a previously set temporary April ceasefire agreement, he said. The agreement requires them to “to allow free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel” to all parts of Yemen, he said.
The insurgency’s routine violation to humanitarian ceasefires made observers quite skeptic to this truce being any different. Political analysts believe that Houthi militias have no say in their own commitment to announced armistice—when it comes to the insurgency’s decision-making process, Iran still holds great influence fostered by its support for the group.
“Up until this very moment, there is nothing which calls about great optimism—yet we hope that circumstances and continuous loss would inspire the extremist insurgency to uphold the truce, and that the ceasefire becomes key to resolving any future crisis,” Yemen’s Minister of Industry and Trade Dr. Mohammed Assadi said.
“Past experiences must be learnt from, and the future built based upon that knowledge. Rising conflict must be dealt with serious actions, not verbal promises. Any chance to stop the fighting must be benefited from,” he added.