The United Nations Security Council on Monday called for additional measures to implement the Stockholm agreement signed by the parties to the conflict in Yemen during a peace conference hosted by Sweden last December.
In a statement on Monday, the member UN Security Council asked UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths "to continue to keep them closely informed of developments so that they may consider further action as necessary in support of a political settlement."
In the statement, the UNSC members urged the warring parties in Yemen on Monday to withdraw forces from the country's main port of Hodeida and two other ports "without further delays."
Members stressed their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty and independence of Yemen and its territorial integrity, and reiterated their support for the agreements reached by the Government of Yemen and the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in December 2018.
The 15-member U.N. Security Council stressed in the statement the importantnce of alleviation of the humanitarian suffering of the Yemeni people.
They welcomed the continued implementation of the cease-fire, applauding the continued political commitment of the parties to the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.
The Members expressed concern at allegations of violations of the ceasefire.
Members stressed that military escalation and hostilities could destroy confidence between the two parties and threaten to undermine the prospects for peace and called on the parties to ensure the security and safety of UNOMIG personnel in the areas they control, especially the Houthis in the three ports, and to facilitate rapid and unimpeded movement of personnel and equipment And essential supplies in line with Security Council resolution 2452.
Members of the Security Council referred to their request to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to report on non-compliance by any party with Security Council resolutions 2451 and 2452.
Council members urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to "seize this opportunity to move towards lasting peace by exercising restraint, easing tensions and respecting their commitments under the Stockholm Agreement and its prompt implementation."
The members of the Security Council also called on the parties to redouble their efforts to complete the measures of the prisoner swap agreement and the establishment of the Joint Coordination Committee on Taiz, welcoming in this context the release of a number of prisoners from both sides as an encouraging sign.
The members of the Council stressed the importance of engaging the parties to the conflict in good faith, with the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen and the Chief of the Committee for the Coordination of Redeployment.
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iran-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced and pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.