United Nations Mission In Support Of The Hudaydah Agreement

Following the Stockholm Agreement reached on 13 December 2018 in Sweden between the Government of Yemen and the Houthis under the auspices of the Secretary-General`s Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, The Security Council, in Resolution 2451 (2018), authorized the establishment and operation, for an initial period of 30 days, by a team of the draft to begin monitoring and support the immediate implementation of the ceasefire and the redistribution of forces Hudaydah and the ports of Hudaydah, Saleef and Ras Isa. The mission, which oversees the city and port of Hudaydah, as well as the ports of Salif and Ra`s Issa, will continue to lead and support the Redistribution Coordination Committee to monitor the redistribution of armed forces, demining operations and the government-wide ceasefire agreement reached in Stockholm in December 2018. UNMHA will monitor compliance with the Hudaydah agreement and cooperate with them to ensure security by local forces in the city and port of Hudaydah, as well as in the ports of Salif and Ra`s Issa. Authorized personnel: Up to 75 observers and additional staff with a number of business, administrative and security experts, General Guha, who remains in Hudaydah with a high-level team of staff and observers, reaffirms CEMHA`s determination to continue fulfilling its mandate in the governorate. The Head of Mission also thanked the Mission`s national staff for its tireless work on behalf of UNHA in these difficult circumstances. He stressed that “the mission was only temporarily repositioning some of its personnel and not reducing their numbers.” In this context, the UN-flagged vessel, which served as UNMHA`s temporary headquarters, left Hudaydah on 24 April with mission personnel, who are temporarily repositioning themselves. Some of these staff will be temporarily in Amman and will continue to support the mission in Hudaydah until pandemic-related travel restrictions allow all personnel to return to Yemen. General Guha said: “While the UN ship has left port, UNMHA remains in Hudaydah.” He also stresses that “this temporary step is by no means the end of the mission or the mandate.” General Guha says it is more important than ever to respect the ceasefire in Hudaydah, given the COVID-19. It also stresses that “the redistribution of armed forces agreed under the Hudaydah Agreement is essential for the security of the people of Hudaydah and, therefore, its implementation is the key to a lasting peace.” General Guha continues to work closely with the Secretary-General`s Special Envoy for Yemen to pursue these goals. In the same resolution, the Security Council called on the Secretary-General to submit proposals by 31 December 2018 on how the United Nations will fully support the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, including the content of the ceasefire and the redistribution of troops. He also appointed the United Nations to chair the Coordination Committee for Redistribution (CSR), which was established to oversee the ceasefire and the redistribution of troops. The Secretary General has appointed retired Major General Patrick Cammaert (Netherlands) as President of the RCC.

Cammaert arrived in Hudaydah on 22 December 2018 with an advance team and began providing UN support for the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement. Mission staff are made up of different categories of staff, with different levels (reflecting increasing responsibilities and requirements) within each category of staff.