The cost of the international observer Mission in Hodeidah has exceeded 17 million dollar over the past three months

The cost of the international observer Mission in Hodeidah has exceeded 17 million dollar over the past three months

The international Observer Mission, led by Danish general Michael Lolisgaard in the western city of Hodeidah, costs the United Nations 5 million and 880 thousand US dollars per month, after the official deduction of staff in the mission.

This came in a report by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the estimates of the International observer Mission in Hodeidah, amounting to 17 million and 640 thousand US dollars, from April 1 to June 30, 2019.

Despite those large sums, the mission has not achieved any significant success to date and deducted its salaries from donor funds provided for humanitarian response in a country where 80 of its inhabitants live in hunger.

"The mission involves the initial deployment of up to 75 United Nations observers and will include additional staff with a range of expertise, management, support and security, depending on what the mission needs to fulfil its mandate," Gutierrez said.

The mission includes leading and supporting the work of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, with the assistance of a secretariat comprised of United Nations personnel, to oversee the cease-fire, the redeployment of troops and the demining operations across the province.

It also monitors the parties ' compliance with the ceasefire in Hodeidah Governorate and the reciprocal redeployment of troops from Hodeidah, the Hodeidah ports , al-Saleef and Ras Issa.

It works with the parties to ensure that the local security forces secure the city of Hodeidah, the Hodeidah ports of al-Saleef and Ras Issa, in accordance with Yemeni law.

According to Gutierrez, the Commission facilitates and coordinates United Nations support to assist the parties in the full implementation of the Hodeidah agreement.

"The mission must have a fast-moving presence designed to monitor the parties ' compliance and, where possible, objectively ascertain the facts and circumstances on the ground and evaluate them," he said.

"The mission will contribute to the maintenance of the fragile political process that the Special Envoy has re-launched," which could "provide important support for his efforts to facilitate an inclusive political process aimed at reaching a negotiated settlement that would permanently end the conflict in Yemen," Guterres added.

The initial activities carried until now included "The immediate dispatch of the advance team and the mission to Hodeidah, the focus on direct communication and engagement with the parties to the conflict," as well as "important planning and operational activities to ensure the availability and creation of resources and capabilities appropriate for the safe, effective and sustainable implementation of mission tasks. " he said

He urged the parties to demonstrate a "sustained and concrete commitment to implementation and to abide fully by their obligations to respect the cease-fire, including the redeployment of troops outside the city of Hodeidah, the al-Hodeidah ports , Saleef and Ras Issa, and to stop the dispatch of military reinforcements" to these areas, with the removal of armed scenes from city of Hodeidah ".

He disclosed that the financial requirements referred to"cover the costs of the phased deployment of 75 United Nations observers, 20 government-provided personnel and 105 civilian staff, as well as the start-up costs of accommodation and logistic capacity".


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