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Briefing the Security Council via video conference from Amman, Jordon, Mr. Griffiths confirmed that under the “strong leadership” of Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, who heads the UN operation monitoring a cease-fire in Yemen’s key port of Hudaydah, the parties had agreed that the first step of the so-named Hudaydah redeployment plan. would be withdrawal from the ports of Saleef and Ras Isa.
Step two will be fwithdrawal rom Hudaydah port, which remains the humanitarian lifeline for millions of Yemenis on the edge of famine.
“This will facilitate humanitarian access to the Red Sea Mills,” which he explained “holds enough food to feed 3.7 million people for a month.”
He called the Stockholm agreement “a breakthrough,” saying it was “a major shift” that showed the Yemeni people that something was “indeed happening.”
Mr. Griffiths expressed his gratitude for the concessions made by both sides and called upon them to “immediately” work to agree on the details of the second phase of the redeployments.
Noting that the first phase of the Hodeidah redeployment plan signaled the parties’ commitment, he spelled out: “There is momentum on Yemen.”
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