The United Nations Secretary General for Yemen Martin Griffiths claimed that the decision of sending a contingent of observers to Yemen to monitor the Hodeidah ceasefire agreement will be for the first time in the country’s recent history, while speaking to RT in Moscow on Friday.
According to Griffiths, “this particular mission is the first time in Yemen’s recent history that we have an international mission of this kind going into Yemen.”
The United Nation’s “advanced team is already there. They are going into Yemen to help the parties be monitored in terms of their implementation of the agreements they reached in Sweden.”
The UN Secretary stated that “the UN is setting up for the first time a mechanism, a monitoring mission that we have been discussing in Yemen to identify violations and find a way to reduce them.”
In December 2018, under the auspices of the UN, a round of inter-Yemeni consultations was held, at which the parties were able to agree on a cease-fire and withdrawal of troops from the port city of Hodeidah.
In late December, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Yemen supporting a cease-fire in the major city of Hodeidah. The main parameters of the document were support for a cease-fire in the port and the vicinity of Hodeidah, as well as sending UN observers to the area for 30 days.