A military solution cannot and must not be an option. The resumption of these discussions in order to reach a comprehensive and inclusive political agreement, taking into account the diversity of Yemeni actors, including women and representatives of civil society, is the only real prospect to end the conflict and the humanitarian crisis. The mobilization and unity of the Security Council is our greatest asset when it comes to moving forward on this difficult path, but it is the only option to restore peace that the Yemeni people seek. Talks have been stalled and failed repeatedly, and release deadlines have been missed due to disagreements over who would control the liberated sites. But the Houthi movement said its “unilateral” withdrawal showed “a commitment to the implementation of the Hudedah agreement and the achievement of peace.” He called on the UN to urge all parties to abide by the agreement. The withdrawal of the Houthis is the first major step in the implementation of this ceasefire agreement. As we have just heard, after weeks of deadlock, the parties managed to meet again earlier this week in the framework of the Reintegration Coordination Committee (CRC) and to agree on the general principles for the implementation of the first and second phases of the Hodeidah Agreement on the ground. This is an encouraging step and we welcome the resumption of talks. But this is only the first step.

The parties must now implement the agreed points quickly and concretely and continue to engage in good faith within the RCF and with the Special Envoy. The first phase of implementation of the agreement is based on three priority areas: the maintenance of the ceasefire, confidence-building measures to provide humanitarian assistance and the deployment of combatants. The mission, which oversees the city and port of Hodeidah, as well as the ports of Salif and Ra`s Issa, will continue to lead and support the Relocation Coordination Committee to oversee force deployment, demining operations and the government-wide ceasefire agreement reached in Stockholm in December 2018. UNMHA will monitor and cooperate with the parties` compliance with the Hodeidah Agreement to ensure the security of local forces in the city and port of Hodeidah, as well as in the ports of Salif and Ra`s Issa. On Wednesday, Houthi rebels and members of the ruling coalition worked to clear minefields to create a safe passage on a front line for government officials to attend the meeting in rebel-held territory, where General Cammaert praised the parties for their show of goodwill in implementing the Stockholm Agreement. Following the Stockholm Agreement concluded in Sweden on 13 December 2018 between the Government of Yemen and the Houthis under the auspices of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, the Security Council, in its resolution 2451 (2018), authorized the establishment and deployment of a pre-deployment team for an initial period of 30 days to help monitor and support the immediate implementation of the ceasefire and relocation. the forces of the city of Hodeidah and the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa. .

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