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UN Security Council in talks on saving Yemen truce deal

AFP  |  United Nations 

The Security Council met behind closed doors with the world body's for on Wednesday in an attempt to salvage a stalled truce deal seen as crucial to diplomatic efforts to end the war.

and its Saudi and Emirati allies agreed in talks with Huthi rebels nearly a month ago to begin a redeployment of forces from the flashpoint city of Hodeida, but nothing has happened on the ground.

UN had told the council on February 19 that the initial stage of the pullback would happen in the following days, marking the first concrete step toward de-escalation.

The redeployment was initially agreed in December under a ceasefire deal reached in seen as a breakthrough toward ending the devastating war that has pushed to the brink of famine.

UN diplomats said the Huthis were refusing to pull away from the ports of Saleef and Ras Issa as agreed due to fears that forces linked to the Saudi-led coalition will move in to take over those facilities.

Michael Lollesgaard, who heads a newly-created UN mission to monitor the redeployment from Hodeida, joined Griffiths in updating the council behind closed doors.

Ahead of the council meeting, the met with of the United States, France, Britain, and Russia, which are the permanent council members.

On Tuesday, the of the P5 in said they were "extremely concerned" that agreements reached in had not been implemented and expressed support for UN efforts to "secure the earliest possible implementation of the arrangements" for redeploying forces from the ports and city of

The said the pullback should begin "without further delay and without seeking to exploit the redeployments by the other side."

Earlier this week, 12 children and 10 women were killed by strikes in Yemen's northern province of that left up to 30 people wounded including 14 children, the UN said.

Later this month, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen will enter its fifth year, with millions of civilians facing famine.

The conflict has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian conflict.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 22:49 IST