Diplomats Affirm That on Wednesday the UN is going to accept Yemen Truce Monitors

January 16, 2019

On Wednesday (16th January) the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold a vote in order to accept the stationing of around 75 observers to Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah for a period of six months. The observers would be staying in the port city of Hodeidah in order to supervise a truce and ensure the redistribution of forces by the conflicting parties.

Last month, after a week of U.N.-supported peace discussion in Sweden, the Iranian-affiliated Houthi group and Saudi-backed Yemen government, arch enemies reached a deal on Hodeidah, which is the entry point for most of Yemen’s commercial goods and aid supplies, and also the lifeline for millions of Yemenis who are on the brink of starvation.

Last month, the 15-member Security Council permitted an advance supervising team headed by retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to suggest a bigger action.

The council would be registering its vote on a British-drafted resolution that requests Guterres to promptly station his suggested larger operation, which would be known as the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA).

The draft proposal also urges Member States, especially the adjacent States, to back the United Nations as needed for the enforcement of UNMHA’s directive.

A military coalition led by adjoining Saudi Arabia mediated in Yemen in 2015 to support government forces. The U.N. and Western countries have condemned the coalition for killing a large number of civilians, which includes children.

The Gulf States charges Iran of furnishing arms to the Houthi rebels; however, this accusation has been rebuffed by Tehran.

A Security Council proposal requires nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Britain, the United States, Russia, France or China to pass. Diplomats said the Yemen draft is likely to be adopted. In his 31st Dec. suggestion to the council, Guterres called the present 75-strong team as “a skilful presence to observe conformity of the deal and set up and evaluate facts and conditions on the ground.

Guterres stated that the bigger supervising mission would confer to maintain a “delicate political process” by U.N. Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths.

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