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Security Council extends the mandate of the UN mission in Yemen’s Hodeidah for 6 months

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

On Monday, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement, in western Yemen, for an additional 6 months ending on July 15, 2020.

The decision aims to support the implementation of the agreement relating to the city of Hodeidah, the ports of Hodeidah, Al-Salif and Ras Issa stipulated in the Stockholm Agreement.

The resolution entrusted the UN mission with “assisting and supporting the work of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, with the assistance of a secretariat consisting of United Nations staff to oversee the ceasefire, redeployment of forces, and demining operations across the province.”

The mission also includes, in accordance with the decision that Anatolia obtained a copy of, “Working with the parties to ensure the security of the city and ports by local security forces in accordance with Yemeni law and to facilitate and coordinate United Nations support to assist the parties in the full implementation of the Hodeidah agreement.”

The United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement in Yemen was established by Council Resolution 2452, shortly after the signing of the Stockholm Agreement in December 2018 between the Yemeni government and the Houthi group.

According to the last report of the Secretary-General to Council members on the strength of the mission last October, the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement achieved an initial operational capacity of 55 personnel, including 35 military and police observers and 20 civilian staff.

The Stockholm agreement included a deal to disarm the important coastal city of Hodeidah, as well as a prisoner exchange mechanism and a statement of understanding to calm the fighting in Taiz.

The implementation of the Stockholm Peace Agreement between the two sides faltered, amid an exchange of accusations of responsibility for obstructing it.

For the fifth year in a row, Yemen has been witnessing a war between pro-government forces and Houthi militants accused of receiving Iranian support and controlling provinces, including Sanaa, since September 2014.

Since March 2015, an Arab military coalition led by Saudi Arabia’s neighbor has supported government forces against the Houthis.

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