The Saudi-led coalition backing government in Yemen and the Emirati-backed Sothern Transitional Council (STC) have agreed to adopt unified position, said on Monday STC vise-chairman, in case of collapse of the Stockholm Agreement reached between warring parties in the poorest Arab country.
At interview with the Aden-based al-Ayam Arabic daily, Hani Bin Boraik said his council's adherence to partnership with Arab coalition, confirming that STC could "never take a one-sided stance that may make coalition states very embarrassed."
The UAE-supported STC was established in May 2017 to include Yemeni southern bodies calling for separation from the North Yemen and restoration of south state that existed before Yemeni Unification in 1990. The Council, however, is not fully supported by southerners.
The STC, is working in this interim period, said its leader, on "arranging the south for independence and preparing civilian and military cadre for assuming [leadership of] the country lest it get dragged into government vacuum."
Asked if the STC would be militarily enabled in this year, Bin Boraik stated "military enablement is already there on the ground; as southern forces are now inside Hodeida Governorate, got deeply into Sa'ada [in the far north of Yemen] and spread everywhere. Other areas, like Hadhramout Valley and Mokairas in Abyan, have camps that have not assumed occupation nature and others legitimate government character."
By forces in Hadhramout Valley, the STC vise-chairman means troops that are loyal to the Yemeni Vise-president, Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar, with most of their elements affiliated to Islah Party (Muslim Brethren offshoot in Yemen) and accused, by some, of colluding with Qaeda.
The Council militarily controls large swathes of Aden, it led last January a failed coup against the Yemeni legitimate government, and it supports the Saudi-led coalition as part of its efforts to restore 'State the South'.
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.