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Tue - 16 Apr 2019 - 06:34 PM ،،،

Reuters


 The United Nations’ Security Council should consider “stronger measures” if there was no progress in the coming weeks on a deal between Yemen’s warring parties on a key port, Britain said on Monday, as the U.N. mediator admitted it was “taking longer than we had hoped.”

In an illustration of the delay, U.N. Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths told the council both sides had accepted a detailed operational plan for step one in a withdrawal of forces from the Red Sea port and city of Hodeidah - two months after the world body announced an initial deal on that measure.

Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce said the lack of implementation of the deal reached in Sweden is “very worrying.”

“The stakes are too high for us to let that fail and the council in our view should be ready to take stronger measures if there’s no progress by our next meeting,” Pierce told the council, which traditionally meets once a month on Yemen.

Griffiths did not say when the first stage of troop withdrawals from Hodeidah could start, adding that talks would continue on phase two of a redeployment and the status of local security forces.

Acting U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Cohen warned the Houthis that Washington would be “watching closely to see if they make good on that agreement” to phase one.

“The Yemeni government has demonstrated a clear commitment to the United Nations-led process. It’s time for the Houthis to also show the international community that they too are serious,” Cohen told the council.

U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock painted a dire picture of the humanitarian situation in Yemen, appealing for more money for “the world’s largest aid operation” and more access.