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Griffiths: There had been violations of the deal but there has been a significant decrease in violence in Hodeidah

There has been a significant decrease in violence in Hodeidah city since the beginning of a ceasefire last month, UN envoy Martin Griffiths told the UN on Wednesday.
Agreed at peace talks in Sweden in December, a ceasefire began weeks later and began a process of withdrawing Houthi and Yemeni government troops from the city.
“I believe this resolution that you [the Security Council] passed last month sends a very clear signal f support for achievements that we were able to bring together in Stockholm and subsequently build on the momentum gained” Mr Griffiths said.
Although Mr Griffiths noted that there had been violations of the deal, the scale of fighting had been much lower than before the agreement. This, he said, showed the value and success of the Sweden talks.
“I’m pleased to report that both sides have largely adhered to the Stockholm ceasefire that entered into forces and that there has been significant decrease I hostilities since then,” Mr Griffiths said.
“There has been violence in Hodeidah city but this is relatively calm compared to what was seen... this illustrates the commitment of both parties,” he added.

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