Yemen Can’t Achieve Peace Till South’s Wish to Divide from North Is Heard, Says MPs
Leaders of the United Arab Emirates-supported southern transitional council (STC) are scheduled to tell British MPs and officials that peace in Yemen can’t be achieved without recognition and acceptance of southern Yemen’s demand for independence from the northern Yemen. It is being believed that the leaders are going to accelerate their attempts as they are going to be a part of the peace discussions.
The south of Yemen, concisely a communist state, was joined with the north in 1990 and southern separatists were then whipped militarily when they tried to leave in 1994. Extended southern indignation at the north’s control of the nation’s resources, adding the rebel Houthis, is a large intimation in the civil war.
The head of the 24-member STC, Maj Gen Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, told a leading daily that his move presented the majority of the people in the south, and had far greater command of the south’s eight governorates, which includes the port city of Aden, than the UN-recognized Yemen government.
Al-Zoubaidi stated that ignoring the will of the people is the recipe for more instability. The UN-recognized government has no authority in the south, its role is non-existent, but with the backing of the Saudi coalition, it would have totally collapsed, tumbling the nation into complete anarchy.
He stated that the STC wants to convene an independently monitored poll in order to split from the north and revive the status quo before unification. Al-Zoubaidi mentioned that it was two states that it was joined into one and presently the component parts want to separate again.
The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has met leaders of the STC several times, but the leaders are averse to agree to claims to be formally allowed into the discussion at this stage. The task of trying to make peace the UN-recognized Yemen-wide government and the Houthi forces in charge of the north is his immediate duty.