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Un Mission To Support The Hodeidah Agreement

Tomorrow morning (16 January), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution establishing the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA). Following the initial consultations at P5, the United Kingdom circulated the draft resolution to the entire Council on 11 January. On the same day, the members of the Council met for a first reading of the text. MEPs had until yesterday afternoon (14 January) to speak. The draft resolution adopted today (15 January) a procedure of silence and is now blue. The review showed that the Mission`s mandate remains feasible and appropriate. The composition and operational aspects of UNMHA were also considered valid, which required a great deal of flexibility in its application. In accordance with a recommendation of the review, the draft resolution requests that UNMHA be re-examined within three months. The objective is to ensure that UNMHA remains properly configured and mandated and to enable the Council to make changes to its mandate when the situation evolves. By the same resolution, the Security Council requested the Secretary-General to submit by 31 December 2018 proposals on how the United Nations would fully support the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, including substantial monitoring of the ceasefire and the deployment of armed forces. He also tasked the UN with chairing the Redistribution Coordination Committee (RCC), established to oversee the ceasefire and the deployment of armed forces. The Secretary General appointed retired Major General Patrick Cammaert (Netherlands) as President of the RCC. With a team in advance, Mr Cammaert met on 22 December 2018 in Hudaydah, he began to provide UN support for the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.

The Hodeidah Agreement, considered important in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, provided for a role for the United Nations in supporting the management of the three ports by the Yemeni port authorities and in providing possible assistance in channelling port revenues to the Hodeidah branch of the Central Bank of Yemen. These will be functions provided by the United Nations Country Team (UNCFA), as outlined in the Secretary-General`s proposal, which also states that UNCCA will assist MINQA in supporting and training a police force and re-establishing infrastructure and police stations in Hodeidah. The United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism (VIVIM) also sends staff to ports to improve the monitoring of incoming commercial shipments, while the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY) has already supported the forecasting team. In this context, the draft resolution stresses the importance of close cooperation and coordination among all UN agencies working in Yemen in order to avoid duplication and maximise the use of existing resources, including through OSESGY, the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, UNCRC, UNMIH and MISSIONVIM. Following the Stockholm Agreement, adopted on 13.