Houthis prevent Dutch General Patrick Cammaert from meeting with the delegation of Yemen’s government

The Houthi militia prevented retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert, head of the Joint Coordination Committee to monitor the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, from leaving his residence to meet representatives of the Yemeni government, Al Arabiya reported.

A source in the committee explained that a one-sided meeting was scheduled to take place between Cammaert and government representatives at a designated site in Hodeidah.

The UN Security Council approved the British-drafted resolution authorizing the deployment of up to 75 monitors on Wednesday. 

The unarmed monitors would be sent to the Hodeida and its port along with the ports of Saleef and Ras Issa for an initial period of six months.

The port of Hodeida is the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s supplies of imported goods and humanitarian aid.

Talks between the government and Houthis last month in Sweden on ending the devastating war led to an agreement on the observer force.

A first group of about 20 monitors was authorized by the council last month to begin work in Yemen, but their mandate expires on January 20.

The draft resolution calls on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “expeditiously” deploy the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeida Agreement (UNMHA), led by Cammaert.

The UN says a ceasefire that went into force on December 18 in Hodeida has been generally holding, but there have been delays in the redeployment of rebel and government forces from the city.

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