Yemeni gov't, STC to ink draft deal within 2 days

Aden - Jeddah (Debriefer)
2019-10-13 | Since 9 Month

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A draft deal is likely to be inked Sunday or Monday by the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the Yemeni internationally-recognized government, a source at the separatist STC chairmanship said Saturday, to end infighting in Aden.

The draft deal provides for the establishment of a unity government equally shared between the north and south of Yemen, with STC and other southern entities to be included in the government and local authority and involved in talks on a political inclusive settlement, according to Al-Jazeera TV.

Under the draft, the Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi would appoint the prime minister and sovereign ministers, and no signatory may form any forces outside the State's institutions.

Saudi Arabia would supervise the restructure of security forces and formation of a neutral security force that would monitor the transition, and Riyadh would form a political panel in Aden to supervise the deal application.

Last Monday, four sources familiar with the government-STC talks said the parties were close to reach a solution that would end the power conflict in Aden and allow for Saudi troop deployment to monitor the formation of a neutral security force in the southern port city.

The United Arab Emirates have pulled out some of its troops from Aden, in coincidence with the Saudi efforts to help strike a deal in Jeddah.

Last June, the UAE reduced its military presence in Yemen, particularly the western coasts, as the West increasingly pressed for ending the 4.5-year war and growing tensions with Iran sparked security concerns in the Gulf.

On 10 August, STC forces seized full control over Aden, seat of the official government, after 4-day fierce clashes with the official army that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release.

For more than a month, the Red Sea port city of Jeddah has been hosting indirect talks between Abu Dhabi-backed separatist STC and Riyadh-backed government, to end escalation and solve disagreement.

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