People ride motorbikes near the Al-Shaab (People's) Park in the Red Sea city of Hodeida, Yemen December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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The U.N. Security Council called a vote for Friday on a resolution that would authorize the use of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in Yemen's important port of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces from that area.The U.N. envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has urged rapid deployment of U.N. monitors as "an essential part of the confidence" needed to help implement the Dec. 13 cease-fire agreement between Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels.There had been intense negotiations over the past week on a British-drafted resolution that would authorize the U.N. monitors, including over whether to condemn Iran for supplying weapons to the Houthis -- a statement that the U.S. wanted and Russia strongly opposed.Then the United States surprised the council by circulating a stripped-down rival resolution Thursday. It also endorses the truce agreement and requests Guterres to submit proposals "as soon as possible before Dec. 31" on how the United Nations will fully support the cease-fire, the redeployment of the rival forces from the Hodeida area and other provisions in the accord.
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