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Guterres wants to deploy up to 75 truce monitors to Yemen
SG of UN, Antonio Guterres, has asked the Security Council to approve the deployment of up to 75 observers to Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah for six months to monitor a ceasefire and redeployment of forces.
After a week of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden last month, the Iranian-aligned Houthi group and the legitimate Yemen government reached the deal on Hodeidah, the entry point for most of Yemen’s commercial goods and aid supplies, and a lifeline for millions of Yemenis on the verge of starvation.
It was not immediately clear how many monitors were currently on the ground with Cammaert. The United Nations has said the monitors are not uniformed or armed.
The Security Council had asked Guterres to recommend a larger monitoring team. Diplomats said Britain was working on a draft resolution to approve Guterres’ proposal, but had not yet circulated it to council members. A Security Council resolution unanimously adopted to approve the advance monitoring team.
Guterres said the larger monitoring mission would contribute to sustaining a “political process” re-launched by U.N. Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths. Griffiths is aiming to convene another round of talks between all parties this month.