Yemen agreement should be implemented without delay: UNSC

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has called on warring parties in Yemen to withdraw from the embattled port city of Hudaydah “as soon as possible” in line with a ceasefire deal reached in December 2018.

In a statement on Wednesday, the council expressed “grave concern” that the UN-brokered deal reached between Yemen’s government and the country’s former Saudi-backed regime in Sweden has yet to be implemented, urging the parties to conflict to act on their commitments “without delay.”

The council said it will monitor the compliance of all sides with the “redeployment plans” agreed in the deal as it awaits a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on whether they are upholding their commitments.

The council members welcomed Monday’s announcement by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths that said fighters of Yemen’s government and militants loyal to the ex-Yemeni government had agreed to a detailed plan for the initial withdrawal of forces from Hudaydah.