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Yemen: Legitimacy, Houthi Board UN Ship for Joint Meeting

Yemen: Legitimacy, Houthi Board UN Ship for Joint Meeting

Sunday, 8 September, 2019 - 10:45
Delegates from the Houthi coup and the Yemeni government meet to discuss prisoner swap deal in Amman, Jordan January 17, 2019. (Reuters)

The United Nations ship hosted Saturday the sixth joint meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee to begin activating the truce mechanism, strengthening the ceasefire, and operating the Joint Operations Center, according to the mechanism approved at the previous joint meeting.

Acting President of the United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA), General Hani Nakhla, chaired the meeting with the liaison officers of both sides to discuss options and ways to develop and improve the ceasefire mechanism.

They also considered the possibility of establishing disengagement areas and deploying observation posts on some fronts, particularly on Hodeidah fronts.

The UN ship arrived at Mocha port to receive the delegation of the joint team in the legitimate government headed by Major General Mohamed Aidah, who came by tow boat.

The ship sailed back to Hodeidah port to be joined by the coup delegation, accompanied by a UNMHA team.

The two-day meeting will be a good opportunity to discuss the technical details of the Redeployment Committee work, contained in the recent proposal of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, and an additional practical step towards the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement in Hodeidah.

The agenda of the first day discussed strengthening the ceasefire and initiating the operations of the joint operations center.

The second day's agenda will include discussing mechanisms and areas of disengagement, mechanisms and areas of deployment of joint observation posts, and the technical aspects of the UN Special Envoy's proposal to Yemen.

Liaison officers continue to operate and manage the de-escalation mechanism and strengthen the ceasefire from the Joint Operations Center on the ship.

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