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United Nations Mission In Support Of The Hodeidah Agreement

Last month, the Secretary-General wrote to the members of the Council to conduct a UNMDA review. The review documents difficulties in setting up the mission, such as the operating environment in Hodeidah and the Houthi authorities` slow approval of visas for mission personnel and clearances for equipment, such that UNMHA “has just maintained its initial operational capacity to deliver on its mandate.” In accordance with the Secretary-General`s proposal of 31 December 2018 for the establishment of the mission, UNMHA will have up to 75 observers and other support staff. The draft resolution calls on the Secretary-General to send the mission quickly and to include the term “complete” in the text, which seems to implicitly indicate delays in the commissioning of unsealed CNUHA. The review showed that the Mission`s mandate remained achievable and appropriate. The composition and operational aspects of MONMNHA were also considered valid and a great deal of flexibility of application was required. In accordance with a recommendation for review, the draft resolution calls for a new UNMD review to be submitted within three months. The objective is to ensure that MONMNHA remains properly configured and mandated and to allow the Commission to make changes to its mandate as the situation evolves. The review further covers the challenges of the texting the broad framework provided by the Hodeidah agreement into actionable plans for its implementation, which has required ongoing negotiations between the parties overoverby the RCC chair and UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. This implies the need to reach an agreement on the local security forces that will secure the city and the ports before they begin to redistribute the forces of the city of Hodeidah. It warns that even after an agreement on outstanding issues, full implementation, including the evacuation of military gatherings and mines, will result in a long-term commitment. Resolution 2534, which won the unanimous support of the 15-member council, decides that UNMHA continues to support the implementation of the Hodeidah agreement as set out in the December 2018 Stockholm Agreement between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels. Authorized staff: Up to 75 observers and additional staff with a range of expertise in quality, management/assistance and security, UN member states, particularly neighbouring countries, must support the implementation of ONUMHA`s mandate.


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