UN Security Council Pondering on Steps to Support Yemen Deal on Hodeidah

December 18, 2018

Diplomats stated on Monday that the U.N. Security Council is regarding a draft resolution that urges the U.N. chief António Guterres to present suggestions by the end of the month. The suggestion would be on ways to supervise a truce that was reached by Yemen’s conflicting parties for the crucial port city of Hodeidah.

The Iranian-aligned Houthi group and the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi acceded on Thursday after a week of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden to stop fighting in the Red Sea city and pull out forces. The truce would start from 18th December in Hodeidah.

In order to support the deal, Britain publicized and distributed the draft resolution to the 15-member Security Council on 17th December. It was unclear when the draft resolution would be put on a vote. A resolution requires nine votes in favor of it and no vetoes by the United States, France, Britain, China or Russia to pass.

The draft, requests Guterres to present proposals on “how the United Nations would be backing the Stockholm Agreement as demanded by the parties; however, not limited to, checking operations for the truce and mutual re-stationing of forces from the city of Hodeidah and the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa.

Moreover, it also wants to know the way through which the United Nations would be playing an important role in backing Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation in the handling and supervision at the ports of Hodeidah, Ras Issa, Saif and the way United Nations would be bolstering its presence in these areas.

Yemen’s envoy Martin Griffiths informed the Security Council on 14th December that a strong supervising regime was immediately needed in Hodeidah to inspect agreement. He stated that retired Dutch Major General Patrick Cammaert would be heading the supervision.

Even U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric informed reporters that the supervision operation headed by Cammaert would come under the authority of Griffiths. However, the logistical and security details are still being worked out.

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