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Security Council renews ‘unsuccessful’ UN monitoring mission in Yemen

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This photo, taken from Xinhua, shows members of the UN monitoring mission in Hudaydah Port, Yemen, on May 14, 2019.

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution to extend for another year the mandate of the world body’s mission that was deployed to Yemen as part of a 2018 agreement between the country’s warring sides.

The resolution, adopted on Wednesday, “decides to extend until July 15, 2022, the mandate of the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA), to support the implementation of the Agreement on the City of Hudaydah and Ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa as set out in the Stockholm Agreement.”

The UN Security Council established the UNMHA to monitor and support the implementation of the redeployment of forces and the ceasefire reached in 2018 between the former Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which both runs the Sana’a government and leads the defense campaign against a coalition of aggressors led by Riyadh.

The resolution calls on both sides to work toward ensuring the stability of Hudaydah and demanded an end to the obstruction of movement of UNMHA personnel.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a devastating military campaign in 2015 to reinstall the government of ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had earlier resigned and fled to Riyadh amid a conflict with the Houthi movement. The war has, however, failed to reach its goal, and instead, killed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people.

‘UN mission failed to end Yemen war’

Following the adoption of the resolution, Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister Jalal al-Rowaishan said the UN mission in Yemen and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths had not achieved any success in resolving the conflict in Yemen.

In an interview with Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV on Wednesday, al-Rowaishan said the Saudi-led military alliance rejected all rounds of talks and the UN was unable to persuade it to sit at the negotiating table.

Pointing to the Yemeni peace deal in Sweden’s Stockholm, he said the agreement did not succeed in ending the conflict.

The Stockholm Agreement was reached in December 2018 following a round of peace negotiations between Ansarullah delegates and Riyadh-sponsored loyalists to Hadi.

The document set out three undertakings: a ceasefire along the Hudaydah front and the redeployment of armed forces out of the city and its port; an agreement on prisoner exchange; and a statement of understanding on the southern Yemeni city of Ta’iz.

The Ansarullah movement has said they expected the Stockholm Agreement to lead to peace, but instead, Saudi Arabia has continued to violate the UN-backed agreement, killing and injuring thousands of Yemenis ever since.

The Saudi-led war on Yemen has also destroyed much of the poor country’s infrastructure and displaced millions of people within Yemen.

In spite of the devastating Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen, the Western powers, particularly the US and the UK, have sold weapons and military equipment to Riyadh throughout the war, effectively giving the Saudis the green light to continue the carnage in the impoverished Arab country, coupled with its blockade and repeated attempts to strangle its southern neighbor.

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