Mandate of UN political mission in Yemen extended

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The Security Council has adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) for 12 months until July 15, 2022.

Resolution 2586, which won the unanimous support of the 15-member Council on Wednesday, decides that UNMHA will continue to facilitate and coordinate UN support to assist the parties to fully implement the Hodeidah Agreement as set out in the December 2018 Stockholm Agreement between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, Xinhua news agency reports.

Under the Stockholm Agreement, the two sides agreed on a cessation of hostilities in Hodeidah governorate and the mutual redeployment of forces from Hodeidah city and the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa.

Resolution 2586 decides that UNMHA will oversee the governorate-wide cease-fire, the redeployment of forces, and mine action operations.

It requests UN member states, particularly the neighbouring countries, to support the implementation of UNMHA’s mandate.

The resolution requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on a monthly basis on progress regarding the implementation of the resolution, and to present to the council a further review of UNMHA.

UNMHA was established by the UN Security Council in January 2019, right after the Stockholm Agreement was reached.

Retired lieutenant-general Abhijit Guha from India, is the current leader of the UNMHA mission.

–IANS

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