UN personnel change highlights Hodeida ceasefire difficulties

Despite a statement from United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths to the contrary, and a claim that his appointment had only been temporary, GSN understands that Dutch Major General Patrick Cammaert resigned his post overseeing the Hodeida ceasefire because of clashes and a lack of communication and co-ordination with Griffiths, compounded by the fact that both reported directly to the UN in New York rather than to each other. 7th February 2019, Issue 1,074. Read more

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Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

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Saudi Arabia: Fall-out over Khashoggi murder hits intelligence consultants

The continuing impact of the Jamal Khashoggi murder on Saudi relations with western countries shows little signs of abating....

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Progress in Hodeidah but warnings of trouble elsewhere in Yemen

In United Nations-backed talks in Hodeidah in mid-February, a detailed programme of action was agreed to implement a Houthi withdrawal from the port city – the first of the three areas of agreement at the Stockholm peace conference in December. The plan should allow a resumption of humanitarian operations at the port under UN supervision – a critical step if the famine sweeping Yemen is to be tackled – but progress remains painfully slow and Hodeidah remains just one part of a complex arena.

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