The UN Security Council urged on Thursday the Yemeni government and Ansar Allah al-Houthi group to withdraw their forces from al-Hodeidah "as soon as possible" in line with a ceasefire agreement reached four months ago, AFP reported.
In a statement issued unanimously, the council warned that it would "monitor the parties' commitment to redeployment plans", pending a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to determine whether or not they were sticking to their commitments.
The redeployment of troops in al-Hodeidah was agreed in December under the ceasefire agreement reached in Sweden, which provided a window of opportunity to end the war that had pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.
The Security Council expressed "grave concern" over the lack of implementation of the agreement after four months, but there was no sign of sanctions against those who obstruct peace efforts.
The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, told the council on Monday that the government and the Houthis had agreed to the practical details of the first long-awaited withdrawal from al-Hodeidah.
The United Nations announced an agreement on a two-phase withdrawal from the city of al-Hodeidah and its ports in February, but the redeployment has not materialized on the ground and peace efforts have been stalled ever since.