In the end, they shook hands with an agreement, known as the Stockholm Agreement, to shake hands, even if it did not. There was a ceasefire in Hodeidah, a prisoner exchange mechanism and a declaration of understanding of Taiz , a city and province that saw some of the most enduring fighting in a 46-month war that has killed tens of thousands of people. While there has been a decrease in fighting – and an all-out assault on Hodeidah has been put on pause – both sides have had the other accuse of multiple violations of the ceasefire. A monitoring mission approved by the UN Security Council on 16 January is still not fully in force to verify these allegations. “It is only through abrupt dialogue that the parties agree on a mechanism to maintain a national ceasefire, humanitarian and economic confidence-building measures to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and the resumption of the political process to find a comprehensive solution to end the conflict." However, the Southern Transitional Separatist Council (STC) declared autocracy in April and the two sides fought in the south, compliing with UN efforts to establish a lasting ceasefire for the entire conflict. Peter Salisbury, a senior Yemeni analyst at the International Crisis Group, said in a recent report: “Given the redeployment deadline that has just expired – they are expected to be completed by 8 January – speculation is growing that the deal could be on the verge of collapse. The Stockholm agreement is imperfect and imprecise, but it has been hard hit. If it is permissible to collapse, there will be no possibility of a similar agreement for a long time. The self-styled Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi also agreed to hold a meeting on implementing a 2019 Riyadh agreement involving committees from both sides, coalition Spokesman Turki al-Malki said in a statement carried by official Saudi Press Agency. Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported that shortly after the ceasefire announcement the coalition warplanes struck several positions in Saada, Amran and Bayda provinces. He added that the two-week period could be extended to “allow for appropriate conditions" for the warring parties to discuss the UN envoy`s about “on steps and mechanisms to implement a permanent ceasefire in Yemen" and “a comprehensive political solution in Yemen".