World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


On Anniversary of Yemenis Peace Pact

On Anniversary of Peace Pact, UN Official Urges Yemenis to Move Forward with Transition
New York, Nov 23 2012 5:10PM Marking the first anniversary of the signing of Yemen’s peace agreement, a senior United Nations official today called on the country’s leaders to address pending issues that will enable the launch of the national dialogue – a key element of the democratic transition.

“The national dialogue, driven by Yemenis themselves, will be crucial to secure the country’s democratic future and identity. Its success requires bold steps to reassure all Yemenis that their aspirations will be met,” said Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser on Yemen.

This is undoubtedly the beginning of the new Yemen. Thus, a speedy conclusion of the preparatory works is urgently needed.”

Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition, with a Government of National Unity under the leadership of President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, who came to power in an election in February. This followed an agreement signed by warring factions in November 2011 on a transitional settlement in the wake of widespread protests similar to those seen across the Middle East and North Africa, and the resignation of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

An important element of the transition is an all-inclusive national dialogue, scheduled to take place later this year, the outcome of which will feed into a constitution-making process that is to conclude in late 2013, enabling general elections to take place in February 2014.

“We stand now at a critical moment of this process, with the preparations for the national dialogue conference coming to a conclusion,” Mr. Benomar stated.

“Therefore, I call on all political leaders and the preparatory committee of the national dialogue to address the pending issues. It’s a matter of urgency to launch the conference and give all segments of Yemeni society the chance to discuss the issues facing their country.”

The so-called November agreement provided for a clear path for fundamental reforms of Yemen’s governance systems as well as for addressing past wrongs; recognition of the role played by the youth, with a clear roadmap to secure their participation during the transition in a way that meets their aspirations; the opportunity for Yemenis to reclaim their destiny and establish a new constitutional order; and full representation of women throughout the transitional process.

The envoy, in his statement to the press, noted that, despite the “remarkable” progress of the past year, the transition remains “fragile” and the stakes are high. “It’s still threatened by those who have not embraced change in the country.

“However, Yemen is the one example in the region where the Security Council and international community are speaking with one voice in support of this unique experience of peaceful change. It is a transition based on a clear roadmap and enjoys the overwhelming support of the population.”

During a visit to Yemen on Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had urged Yemen to build on the progress of the last 12 months. “Your country… was on the brink of civil war, even just one year ago. But you have overcome this with political courage and determination which meant, in the end, foresight and political wisdom have prevailed,” he told reporters in the capital, Sana’a.

“This is a process which must be irreversible. There is no turning back.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>


Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:


US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Berlin Truck Attack And The Refugee Question

The hard-nosed neo-cons were certainly showing little interest in linking arguments, examining evidence, or even considering elementary logic in the aftermath of the Berlin truck attack near the Gedächtniskirche. With the bodies fresh in the morgue, former US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, peered into the mind of the everyday German, and found teeth chattering fear. More>>


Demonetisation: Gordon Campbell On India’s Huge Socio-Economic Experiment

Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Election Home Stretch

Once again at the business end of a US election, the result will hinge on the same old bits of geography as always: the Five Crucial Counties in Ohio, the Two Crucial Counties in Pennsylvania and the I-4 Interstate Corridor in Florida that runs from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach. More>>

ALSO:

Meanwhile:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news