Secretary-General in a message to the Security Council: The situation in Al-Hodeidah remains fragile despite unilateral redeployment

Secretary-General in a message to the Security Council: The situation in Al-Hodeidah remains fragile despite unilateral redeployment

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the negative repercussions of the escalating tension in the Arab Gulf on the crisis in Yemen.

"The escalating threats in the Gulf region threaten to deepen and prolong the war raging in Yemen," the UN Secretary-General said in a letter to Security Council members.

In the letter—Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper published its content--Gutierrez pointed to escalating confrontations and mistrust between the two sides of the Yemeni crisis, and exchanged accusations of abandoning Hodeidah agreement.

Describing the situation in Hodeidah as fragile, the Secretary-General said, "the implementation of the Hodeidah agreement, although slow in pace, is a test of the willingness of the parties to achieve further cooperation, to reach a settlement through political negotiation to end the conflict."

In his letter, Gutierrez ignored the agreement on the exchange of prisoners, and the dossier of Taiz, despite the fact that they were at the heart of the Stockholm Accord, and focused on the challenges to the implementation of the agreement in Hodeidah in terms of ceasefire, redeployment and reciprocal withdrawals from the city of Hodeidah.

In his message, the Secretary-General spoke about the unilateral redeployment carried out by the Houthis in May, and the mission followed up on those moves in accordance with the Hodeidah agreement, "the Mission continues to follow and monitor the ports regularly," stressing that the redeployment from ports is of great importance, The first step was on the ground, but he returned and acknowledged that the implementation of the first and second phases of redeployment would require the parties to agree on the formation of the local security forces.

In his letter, the UN official acknowledged that there were many logistical and security difficulties and challenges to the work of the UN mission in Hodeidah and in the al-Houthi areas of control, including the lack of authorization to enter the mission's members through Sana'a, and to restrict their field work and conditions of residence.

Gutierrez stressed that the United Nations operates impartially according to its Charter and will continue to make every effort to support the parties concerned in complying with their commitments under the agreement. Success at this level requires goodwill and flexibility on the part of all parties to reach a logical settlement.

"The circumstances of the United Nations role in Hodeidah may change over time," he said in concluding his message. This may create opportunities to modify and change how the United Nations responds. Proposed an extension of the mission of the Hodeidah agreement for a further six months and a further review of the implementation mission of the Hodeidah agreement three months before the expiration of its mandate by the Security Council to ensure that the Mission continues to have the appropriate configuration and responsiveness to developments on the ground.

The United Nations Secretary-General's message to the Security Council comes shortly before a Security Council meeting on Yemen, in which the Security Council is expected to renew the confidence of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen and to be briefed on developments in the situation in Hodeidah and Yemen in general.

Earlier, the Yemeni government rejected the unilateral redeployment sponsored by the United Nations and called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to provide personal guarantees to accept the continued mission of the Special Envoy of Yemen.


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