UN resolution set to deploy more observers in Yemen’s Hodeidah

UN mission aims to deploy about 75 observers in Hodeidah for a period of six months. (File photo: AFP)

Britain proposed a resolution to the UN Security Council to expand the mission of UN observers overseeing the implementation of a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah in Yemen in order to allow humanitarian aid to reach millions of people at risk of starvation.

Diplomats expect the Security Council to put the proposed resolution to a vote next week.

According to a draft obtained by AFP, the mission aims to deploy about 75 observers in Hodeidah's ports for a period of six months.

All parties who met in Sweden regarding the issue of Yemen on December 18 reached an agreement for the deployment of a larger UN team of observers in Hodeidah, since the current team consisting of 16 observers is reportedly not enough.

Monitoring the agreement of the ceasefire

Earlier, Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres proposed the deployment of a larger team of UN observers to monitor adherence to the agreement of the ceasefire, and to assess conditions on the ground.

“There will also be a need for adequate resources and assets to ensure the safety and security of the UN personnel, including armed vehicles, a communications infrastructure, aircrafts and adequate medical support,” Guterres said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54