Hudaydah, 14 May 2019
The Chairman of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, visited today the ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa to verify the redeployment of Ansar Allah (Houthi) forces. UN teams have been monitoring this redeployment which has been executed, partly as agreed by the Yemeni parties in the concept of phase one.
Lieutenant General Lollesgaard welcomes the handing over of the security of the ports to the coast guard and the efforts to remove all military manifestations from the facilities. There is still a lot of work to be done on the removal of the manifestations, but cooperation has been very good.
These steps are significant as the first part of the broader redeployments in Hudaydah, to which both Yemeni parties continue to express their commitment. Lieutenant General Lollesgaard urges the parties to finalize the outstanding negotiations to allow for a full implementation of phases one and two of the Hudaydah Agreement.
UN teams will continue to monitor these initial steps in an impartial and transparent manner. Proof of the effective implementation will be a strengthened UN presence in the ports to support their management by the Red Sea Ports Corporation, and to enhance the UNVIM’s monitoring in accordance with the Hudaydah Agreement.
Full implementation of this agreement is critical for returning peace and stability to Yemen, and ensuring effective humanitarian access into the country where millions continue to be in need of life-saving assistance.