Yemen's government and Houthis agreed on Thursday to a ceasefire in the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah, where the United Nations will now play a central role, the UN chief said.
"You have reached an agreement on Hodeidah port and city which will see a mutual redeployment of forces from the port and the city and the establishment of a governorate-wide ceasefire," Antonio Guterres told the members of the government and rebel delegations.
A second round of peace talks on the Yemeni conflict has been scheduled for the end of January, the UN chief said.
Following are the commitments and the time frame of the initial Sweden deal:
- The Houthi militias withdraw from the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa to the north of Sanaa road within 14 days of the agreement.
- The immediate redeployment of the government forces south of the line.
- Full withdrawal of the Houthi forces from the city of Hodeidah in the second phase to sites outside the northern city limits within the 21 days after the agreement.
- The security of Hodeidah and the ports of Hodeidah, Salih and Ras Issa are the responsibility of the security forces in accordance with Yemeni law.
- The legal tracks of the Authority must be respected and any obstacles or impediments to the functioning of local institutions, including Houthi supervisors, should be eliminated.