UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Friday to endorse a ceasefire agreed by the warring parties in Yemen’s Hodeidah region and authorize an advance U.N. team to begin monitoring the deal, diplomats said.
The 15-member council has spent several days wrangling over a British-drafted text and the United States, unhappy with Britain’s efforts, came up with its own version on Thursday. The council will vote on Britain’s draft and Washington is not expected to put its text to a vote, diplomats said.
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The U.S. mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“It is rather unusual to see similar but competing drafts put forward by allies, rather than suggesting amendments to existing drafts. But these are unusual times,” said a senior U.N. diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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“Our focus must be on getting swift adoption to support U.N. efforts and the agreement between the parties,” the diplomat said. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain to pass.
After a week of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, the Iranian-aligned Houthi group and Saudi-backed Yemen government foes agreed last week to stop fighting in the Red Sea city of Hodeidah and withdraw forces. The truce began on Tuesday.
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The draft resolution, seen by Reuters, authorizes U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to deploy – for an initial 30 days – an advance team...
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