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The first phase of implementation of the agreement is based on three priority areas: maintaining fire, confidence-building measures for the delivery of humanitarian aid and the redistribution of combatants. But the Houthi movement said its “unilateral” pull-out showed “commitment to implement the Hudaydah agreement and to achieve peace.” He called on the United Nations to put pressure on all parties to respect the agreement. A military solution cannot and should not be an option. The resumption of these talks in order to reach a comprehensive and inclusive political agreement, taking into account the diversity of Yemeni actors, including women and representatives of civil society, is the only real prospect of an end to the conflict and the humanitarian crisis. The mobilization and unity of the Security Council is our greatest good when it comes to making progress on this difficult path, but it is the only option for the restoration of peace to which the Yemeni people aspire. As we have just heard, after weeks of deadlock, the parties were able to meet again in the Redistribution Coordination Committee (RCC) at the beginning of the week and agree on the general principles of implementation of the first and second phases of the Hudaydah agreement on the ground. This is an encouraging step and we welcome the resumption of talks. But this is only the first step. The parties must now quickly and concretely implement the agreed points and remain engaged in good faith within the RSC and with the EUSR. The mission, which oversees the city and port of Hudaydah, as well as the ports of Salif and Ra`s Issa, will continue to lead and support the Redistribution Coordination Committee to monitor the redistribution of armed forces, demining operations and the government-wide ceasefire agreement reached in Stockholm in December 2018. UNMHA will monitor compliance with the Hudaydah agreement and cooperate with them to ensure security by local forces in the city and port of Hudaydah, as well as in the ports of Salif and Ra`s Issa. The Houthi withdrawal marks the first major step in bringing that ceasefire agreement into being.

The talks stopped several times and failed, and withdrawal times were missed amid differences of opinion as to who would control the evacuated sites. On Wednesday, both Houthi rebels and government coalition personnel, worked to clear minefields to create a safe passage across a frontline for government representatives to await the meeting on rebel-controlled territory, during which General Cammaert commended the parties for their demonstration of goodwill to implement the Stockholm agreement.