Note to Correspondents
United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA)
Statement by the Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee on Unilateral Redeployment from the Ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras-Issa
10 May 2019 – Al-Hudaydah, Yemen
As the Yemeni parties continue to finalize modalities for a full redeployment in line with the Hudaydah Agreement, the Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, welcomes the offer and intention of theAnsar Allah (Houthis) to undertake an initial unilateral redeployment from the ports of Al-Hudaydah, Salif and Ras-Issa. The United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) will monitor and report on this unilateral redeployment, which will commence on 11 May 2019 and be completed by 14 May 2019.
The RCC Chair notes that this is a first practical step on the ground since the conclusion of the Hudaydah Agreement, but stresses that it must be followed by the committed, transparent and sustained actions of the parties to fully deliver on their obligations. Furthermore, this unilateral redeployment should allow for establishing a UN leading role in supporting the Red Sea Ports Corporation in managing the ports, and for enhancing the UNVIM’s monitoring in accordance with the Agreement.
In this regard, the full implementation of the Hudaydah Agreement remains instrumental to ensuring effective humanitarian access into Yemen where millions continue to be in need of life-saving assistance. The Yemeni parties must continue to urgently work towards this goal, and all commitments made in Stockholm in December 2018. The United Nations will continue to support theparties’ in this regard so that they deliver on their obligations towards the Yemeni people and return peace and stability to their land.