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UN Security Council members urge Yemen parties to implement peace deal

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The members hope that the peace deal will lead to an end of the four-year-old conflict.

The Chinese, French, Russian, British and U.S. ambassadors to Yemen said in a statement that they were “extremely concerned” that the agreement reached in Stockholm in December, 2018, had not been implemented.

The Houthi group and Saudi-backed government agreed on a ceasefire and troops withdrawal in Hodeidah, exchange of prisoners and reopening of humanitarian corridors to help millions of starving Yemenis, with international monitors to oversee things.

“We urge both parties to begin implementation of the proposal in good faith without further delay and without seeking to exploit the redeployments by the other side.

“We call on all sides to ensure that the UN monitoring mission can carry out its work safely and without interference,” they said.

The Stockholm agreement was stalled with each side worrying the other would take advantage of the withdrawal to gain ground.

The formation of a local authority to take control of Hodeidah after the troop withdrawal, agreed in the truce deal, also remains a sticking point.

The truce in Hodeidah came into force on Dec. 18 and has largely held but violence has escalated in other regions.

“Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 22 civilians, including women and children, in a village in northern Yemen this week,” the UN said.

Saudi Arabia is leading the Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition that first intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore Abd-Rabbu Hadi’s ousted government.

Western nations have pressed for an end to the war following increased scrutiny after the murder of prominent Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

The conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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