STC leader: Hadi booby-traps Riyadh deal using southerners

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-11-04 | Since 8 Month

Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Eidaroos al-Zobaidi

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The Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is booby-trapping the Riyadh Agreement by means of southern hands, a senior leader of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) told Debriefer on Monday.

"Hadi's attempt to engage fragile entities as parties to the pact on behalf of the south is a mine that would absolutely explode at the very beginning of implementing the deal after being inked," he added on condition of anonymity.

"If intentions were honest to unite ranks against the Iranian militias in the north, the STC should be the only party to negotiations, and other entities included under legitimacy in the south and north should be in another party," he said.

Hadi on Monday met in Riyadh with leaders and authorities from southern entities (the movement involved in talks, Southern Alliance, Southern Resistance, Peaceful Movement, Nahdha (renaissance) Movement, Hadhramout Authorities, Hadhramout Inclusive Conference, Revolutionary Movement and Southern Legitimate Board), according to the Riyadh-based Saba.

"The south is for all its people and can't be briefed in a certain current or entity," Hadi told the gathering. "There are the silent and independent voices, and it's unjust to confiscate their right or speak for them by those who claim to represent the south.

"The southern is a central issue that could be solved within the federal Yemen being the option that would end conflicts," the President argued.

Analysts concerned with Yemen, however, think the 'fragile' Riyadh pact would not lead to stability in the south of Yemen, as the highly ambitious STC calling for separation has now large army and weaponry backed by the United Arab Emirates.

On Sunday, the STC accused the Yemeni internationally-recognized government of hindering the Saudi efforts to help sign the Riyadh Agreement, through military escalation in Abyan governorate.

The STC leading board, led by Ahmed Bin Boraik, called on the Arab coalition to "secure the declaration of the pact as dated on Tuesday, commence implementing its provisions and be strict towards any party hindering the application," the STC website reported.

On Friday, Saudi and Yemeni officials said the deal would be officially inked Tuesday.

Following indirect talks in Jeddah, the Saudi-brokered deal provides for the formation of a 24-minister technocrat government equally shared by northern and southern governorates.

A joint committee supervised by the Saudi-led coalition would secure the pact's application.

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