Yemeni gov't rejects dialogue before STC withdrawal

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-08-14 | Since 4 Month

STC gunmen deployed in Aden

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The Yemeni internationally-recognized government said Wednesday dialogue will only be held with the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) after the Emirati-backed council has withdrawn its forces from positions they seized in Aden.

The Yemeni "government welcomes the Saudi call for a meeting to discuss consequences of the coup in Aden," the official foreign undersecretary was quoted on his ministry's Twitter page.

However, he said the STC should first pull back its forces from positions, as the coalition statement provided for, before any dialogue.

On Saturday, the STC forces seized full control over the Yemeni southern port city of Aden, seat of the official government, following violent clashes with official army that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release.

The coalition called on the STC to pull back its forces from positions and threatened to "use military force."

The separatists rejected the call for withdrawal, pushing the coalition to strike three empty posts in the presidential palace and camp under STC control.

Saudi Arabia called for immediate dialogue between the Yemeni official government and separatist STC in the kingdom.

Having accepted the call for dialogue, the separatists rejected to be held under threat or after withdrawal, which they said would be decided according to dialogue outcomes.

Southern separatists have exploited Yemen's war to enhance their presence in the south, backed by the UAE that helped the STC establishment in May 2017 to consist of bodies calling for separation, but also trained and armed local forces under STC command.

In January 2018, the STC led a failed coup against the Yemeni legitimate government.

The Council claims to be representative for Yemeni southerners and seeks to impose control over all the south, but it is not fully supported by people there.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi (Ansarullah) group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.

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