UN Security Council to discuss new Yemen mission

The UN Security Council was on Wednesday (January 9th) slated to discuss a proposal for a new observer mission to Yemen to monitor a ceasefire and oversee a pullback of forces, AFP reported.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlined the proposal in a letter to the council, after the Yemeni government and Houthis (Ansarallah) agreed to a truce during talks in Sweden last month.

The new mission would provide for the initial deployment of up to 75 monitors to the ports of al-Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa, backed by additional administrative and security staff, according to the proposal.

The international observers would "monitor the compliance of the parties to the ceasefire in al-Hodeidah governorate and the mutual redeployment of forces from the city of al-Hodeidah and the ports of al-Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa," according to the document.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths was to brief the council on Wednesday on his latest efforts to end the war following a new round of diplomacy in Sanaa and in Riyadh.

On Tuesday, Griffiths met with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Riyadh after holding talks with Houthi leaders in Sanaa.

The UN is proposing to bring the sides together again for a new round of talks later this month, probably in Kuwait.

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