UAE-backed separatists want to represent southern Yemen in peace negotiations

UAE-backed separatists want to represent southern Yemen in peace negotiations

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has on Tuesday renewed its commitment to represent Yemen’s south in any future negotiations with Sana’a government on a truce, road opening and political settlement in Yemen.

In a statement, Ali Abdullah Al-Kathiri, the Official Spokesperson of the STC, said that any consultations or negotiations taking place with the “Houthis”, apart from the participation of the South and its STC cannot ever establish a comprehensive and sustainable peace process.

In this sense, any agreements result from such consultations or negotiations are non-binding and insignificant, he added.

In line with this position, the ongoing talks on opening the crossings for humanitarian reasons will remain incomplete if it has not included the opening of all crossings into the South, with no exception, according to the statement.

Al-Khathiri’s remakes revealed the continuing rift between the STC and the so-called Riyadh-formed Presidential council.

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