A massive demonstration was held in Yemen’s province of Saada on Monday to reject dialogue, warn of manipulating the popular uprising, and condemn the crackdown on the antigovernment protests. (Read on …)
Yemen: CCYR refuses GCC Initiative, demands US and EU to ask for Saleh’s immediate departure
Sana’a, 9th May–The civil coalition of youth revolution (CCYR) asked the Gulf countries to stop encouraging Ali Abdullah Saleh and his regime, the killing of innocent people of Yemen and to let this nation determine their future themselves.
The CCYR also called for the people in Europe and America to condemn ”inhuman crimes committed by Saleh’s regime against peaceful protesters,” warning so-called ambitious people–the dialogue committee and the joint meeting parties–against signing a pro-Saleh initiative..
The CCYR called the world public opinion, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, the American government, President Obama and the European Union to condemn, “inhuman crimes committed by Saleh’s regime against peaceful innocent protesters across Yemeni provinces.”
The coalition also demanded American and European agencies to “ask for Saleh’s immediate departure from power, as his legitimacy ended, and to condemn the guarantee of Saleh’s immunity from prosecution offered by the Gulf Cooperation council (GCC).”
A statement issued by the coalition warned ambitious members of the dialogue committee and joint meeting parties’ leaderships against signing the initiative, saying signing would make them “of Saleh’s advocates and of marginalized politicians, for the initiative is not welcome. We ask our brothers in Gulf countries to apply pressure –and they are able to- on Saleh and his regime to leave. We express our sadness over silent attitudes towards the daily looting and killing of Yemeni people”
The statement added that, “the meeting held in the GCC took the initiative of declaring a respect for Yemeni people’s choice since the start of the youth revolution,” confirming that the declaration was “deeply trusted by Yemeni people, then the de-legitimized president suddenly asked these countries to offer an initiative to take him out of the difficult situation that resulted from his policies of damage and criminal wars, namely those committed against the south and Sa’ada”
“People of Yemen welcomed the initiative in its first version including Saleh’s ouster, with declaring a silent intent of non-investigating the war crimes and the looting of the public budget,” the statement said.
“Despite the GCC’s conditions included in the first version of necessary consent to the initiative without making any amendments, the GCC, in deference to Saleh’s will, drew Saleh away signing by making consecutive amendments, starting from the departure demand to transferring authority with a resignation in-between and ridiculing the subject by creating tens of signatures for weightless figures and parties,” the statement added.
“The initiative in its current form depicts the people revolution as a conflict, between Saleh and the joint meeting parties, that the initiative attempts to address by neglecting the matter altogether, saving Saleh and his corrupt regime from collapse and inquiry into a 33-year criminal wars, looting the public wealth and acts of displacement, making the people ignorant and starving,” the statement said.
Saleh “killed peaceful demonstrators, gave the public wealth for thugs, distributed money and firearms for wars against his people, like Al Kadhafi and Alasad did. The GCC gave him a lifeline and an open-ended check to a lasting office term that forms a danger for Yemen, the region and the whole world. They also exempted him from an inquiry into recognized crimes against humanity.”
The statement confirmed that, “as spokesmen of millions of the Yemeni people across the Yemen’s freedom squares, we demand these countries to stop encouraging Saleh who is killing his people, so that Yemenis could make their destiny themselves, to respect the people’s desire to build a democratic modern civil state, and to bring Saleh to justice along with his followers.
The coalition stated that “the principle of brotherhood and neighborhood make it necessary for these countries to respect the Yemeni people’s opinion as they very well know dangers of the continued existence of the corrupt dictatorial regime. They also know about his lies about terrorism, so-called Alqaeda, Huthis, Salafi and extremism that he chews in order to illegally procure money and deceive the world.”
Maybe its better to get him out of his chair anyway possible and deal with the other issues after.
Ahram: Gulf Cooperation Council’s Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani said the initiative presented by GCC remained “unchanged” and that the ruling party and the opposition were submitting names of people to sign the agreement. “No changes whatsoever,” have been made to the proposal, he told reporters following a GCC finance ministers’ meeting in Abu Dhabi. (Read on …)
Two months later we are back were we started. Saleh never had any intention of leaving (maybe in March before the Gate’s statement) and all the negotiations were just stall tactics. Its time for the Obama pronouncement.
Sana’a – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Friday he would defy the ‘illegal’ protests stirring his country, as tens of thousands of people gathered for anti-government rallies after Friday prayers.
‘These crowds are a clear message that rejects the revenge and hate some outlaws and saboteurs are trying to spread between the Yemeni people,’ Saleh told a group of supporters in Sabbine Square in Sana’a. (Read on …)
While Saleh is stalling and stalling, the hope continues for some resolution. However the state is arming loyalists and repositioning troops. The tank attack that cleared the square in Aden while talks were ongoing did not prompt much international criticism and indicates Saleh is insincere about resigning. The protesters reject any immunity for Saleh and continue to demand his immediate departure.
Yemen Post: As hope remains that the GCC initiative to tackle the Yemeni the crisis goes ahead, a newspaper said on Thursday that the GCC Secretary General has asked the ruling and opposition parties to pick 30 officials, 15 from both each side, to sign the West-backed deal. (Read on …)
The latest load of garbage: Saleh isn’t rejecting the agreement but is insisting the steps be implemented in order including an end to the protests and the rebellion by military units and the temporary exile of those causing tension and a whole range of steps before he steps down. Its a no go, especially since the protesters themselves reject the deal wholesale. This is just more stalling and dancing. its important to keep in mind that the Saada War re-ignited six times primarily because the state reneged on the terms of its own cease fire agreement.
The most important development over the week-end was the destruction of the protesters camp in Aden using tanks and artillery.
AAl-Shamy denies President’s not to sign the GCC initiative
Almotamar.net – Sana’a-The Head of the Information Office at the General People’s Congress (GPC) Tareq al-Shamy demised Sunday what was reported by some media outlets that President Ali Abdullah saleh refuses to sign the Gulf Cooperation council (GCC) inititiative for resolving the political crisis in Yemen.
Al-Shamy affirmed President Saleh displayed full readiness to sign the GCC initiative , whether after signing it by representative of the GPC and the Nations Democratic Alliance Parties (NDAP) and the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) or that the JMP goes to Riyadh and Secretary General of the GC returns to Sana’a with a document to be signed by all in Sana’a , attended by chairman of the GCC states Foreign Ministers Sheikh Abdullah bi Zayed and President Saleh will sign with the JMP for the GPC and its allies and chairman of the JMP Dr Yassin Saeed Nouman to sign for the JMP and its partners. (Read on …)
It would be funny if there wasn’t so much slaughter also involved. No one who knows Saleh expected he would go to Saudi Arabia and sign and resign peacefully. He’s just buying time at the citizenry’s expense. State security forces stormed the protesters main square in Aden with armored vehicles, tanks and artillery, four killed, tents burnt, buildings destroyed. How can the international community offer immunity for legions of blood and decades of blood while the madman is still killing? A statement by CCYRC is below.
CNN: Yemen deal in limbo as mediator abruptly leaves presidential meeting
The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council abruptly left a meeting Saturday with Yemen’s president, departing Sanaa without comment and leaving a hard-fought political deal aimed at ending months of turmoil on the verge of collapse, said a senior Yemeni ruling party official.
Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the secretary-general of the six-nation coalition that helped broker the accord, arrived in the Yemeni capital earlier in the day. But his talks with President Ali Abdullah Saleh were cut short, and he appeared visibly angry as he passed reporters and refused to answer questions en route to his plane. (Read on …)
Saleh was never going to honor the GCC plan anyway, and his balking at leaving the country is reasonable (there very well could be a coup) and another tactic to encourage yet more concessions and reset the clock.
CNN: Yemen’s president says he won’t leave the country to sign a hard-fought political deal because he fears his departure could spark a coup, a senior ruling party official told CNN on Saturday.
The stance threatens to collapse an agreement brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to end the violent political standoff across Yemen, still reeling this week from one of the deadliest days in months of protests that have pitted demonstrators against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Read on …)
The voter rolls were disqualified a few months ago.
The official opposition is willing to provide immunity to Saleh and his gang, and give him a month to tie up loose ends. Most protesters continue to demand that Saleh leave immediately, while others think Sharia will solve everything, reports Nasser Arrabyee
Ahram: Yemen’s official opposition and President Ali Abdullah Saleh have agreed on a US-backed, Saudi-led, Gulf Cooperation Council plan to see Saleh step down in one month from signing. Wednesday was the date set by the GCC officials for the Yemeni conflicting parties to sign the plan in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Sources from both sides confirmed to Al-Ahram Weekly on Tuesday they would sign the agreement in Riyadh on Wednesday or Saturday at the latest. Earlier in the week, the Islamist-led opposition coalition, which includes socialists and Nasserites (Arab Nationalists), had refused to form a unity government with the ruling party before Saleh steps down, as called for in the plan. American Ambassador to Yemen Gerlad Feierstein convinced the opposition to agree on the plan as a whole. (Read on …)
That didn’t take long.
I will step down if majority of people requests, Saleh says
Almotamar.net, Saba – Sana’a-President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said that he would step down if that was the demand of the majority of Yemeni people.
“But I will not be subjected to a minority”, President Saleh said in an interview with the BBC Radio. (Read on …)
I have no confidence that this is a positive step. All this does is fragment the opposition, consolidate the loyalists and give Saleh more time to maneuver and steal money. They are moving the oil, the money in the central bank and other state assets. Maybe its supposed to be an example for Ghaddafi. Bodine’s pronouncements aside, Yemen is already suffering from “a security vacuum” and political and economic paralysis. Thirty days from now, the economic, political and security landscape is going to be much more bleak, with a level of damage that is nearly irrecoverable in the mid-term. The western consensus is that the protesters demands are immature and unrealistic, but they have it right. Saleh has to go immediately and be brought to trial for his many crimes. The requirement for a perfect transition plan prior to the executive’s departure was not applied in Egypt or Tunisia or contemplated in Libya and, like a war plan, won’t survive first contact with reality. The issue here is damage control. But any future state that is built on the crimes of the past will contain inherent triggers of conflict.
Yemeni president’s acceptance of deal to step down fails to end protests by wary opposition
SANAA, Yemen – Thousands of anti-government protesters held their ground Sunday in the Yemeni capital’s Change Square despite the president’s acceptance of an Arab proposal to leave office under certain conditions after 32 years in power.
More than two months of protests pressing for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to immediately step down have left him clinging to power and brought down intense international pressure for him to leave office. A bloc of Gulf nations has been trying to broker an end to the crisis, fearing the potential impact of more instability in the fragile country, which is home to al-Qaida’s most active branch.
Saleh agreed Saturday to the proposal for him to hand power to his vice-president within 30 days of a deal being signed in exchange for immunity from prosecution for him and his sons. (Read on …)
They decline to attend talks in Riyadh. Saleh and Ali Mohsen accept the proposal for dialog, the US and EU support the idea, the JMP and the protesters reject it. If the JMP had gone to Riyadh, they would have lost all credibility with the protesters. Its unclear what the JMP are going to do after the two weeks when Saleh is still in power. Whatever promises the GCC extracts from Saleh will be broken. Furthermore the exclusion of the southern mobility from the whole process is a big mistake.
AJE Yemen’s opposition has set a two-week deadline for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step aside, rejecting a Saudi-brokered, Gulf-backed initiative to end the country’s political turmoil.
“We have renewed our emphasis on the need for speeding the process of (Saleh) standing down within two weeks. Therefore we will not go to Riyadh,” Mohammed al-Mutawakkil, a prominent opposition leader, said on Thursday, referring to the proposed talks in the Saudi capital.
This comes a day after five people were killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa as forces loyal to a defected army general and pro-government fighters clashed, Al Jazeera’s correspondents said. (Read on …)
Oh noes! Is the push to hand power from Saleh to VP Hadi (who already said he would not take the position) because its constitutional or because he’s a southerner, and its thought that he may placate the southern independence movement? It’s a similar notion to Hamid al Ahmar’s repetitive suggestion that the next president be from the south. It was the strategy they tried during the last election. In the south, Hadi is known as a sell out to northern interests (as are many in the YSP) and in no way would be welcomed by the secessionists.
Nasser Arrabyee: In an exceptional meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the GCC foreign ministers late Sunday April 10th, suggested that President Ali Abdullah Saleh should hand over his powers to his deputy, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and form a unity government chaired by the opposition for formulating a new constitution and conducting elections.
Mr. Hadi is from the south. This is the most important thing that will force all parties to agree on him for succeeding Saleh during the transitional period which will be about 3-6 months.
I am just astounded by how out of touch many in the north are with the secessionists and southern sentiment in general. (I don’t mean this reporter Nasser, I’ll leave the obnoxious egghead shtick to the eggheads. I mean Yemenis on the streets.) Regardless of my hopes for a just and unified Yemen, the secessionists haven’t lost as many supporters as the Sanaa protesters seem to wish. And the longer the southerners are ignored and excluded from negotiations, and the topic banned from discussion, the more alienated they are from the current movement.
The protesters in Aden are nearly all young boys, which makes their deaths so tragic. But many of the hundreds of thousands from other governorates who marched from 2007-2010 are staying home. Earlier this month, the southern movement held the regularly scheduled march for the prisoners, not to be confused with joining the current protest movement. Other protests are characterized as in harmony with the SM goal of removing Saleh as a step toward independence. It would be a good idea for anyone (YRC, GCC, UN) to reach out to them and try to get them on board, but there’s such hostility whenever the topic comes up and everyone seems to think that the issue can be deferred until after Saleh goes. And worse yet, the only name that has any recognition is Hassan Baoum, and he is only part of the equation.
A good spot to link the Southern Observatory for Human Rights March 2011 reports which details the protests and violence in the south, as well as the location and stated purposes of the demonstrations:
al Sahwa $400 million transferred to Dubai (among other transfers), maybe he is going…Diplomatic sources at the Yemeni Embassy in the United Arab Emirates have revealed that powerful figures of the Yemeni ruling family transferred $ 400 million to Dubai banks.
HOOD confirms the regime took dead bodies along with severely wounded persons, (as they did in Aden 2/25) and dozens were arrested.
RE the GCC deal: Why isn’t anyone among the big powers listening? This plan was rejected by the JMP and the people as it would only serve to entrench the existing status quo. Saleh gave an ambiguous answer about leaving in a constitutional manner, which means that he’s not leaving. Update: Reuters: He had sought Saudi mediation, but Gulf diplomatic sources said Riyadh was prompted in the end by concern over the deteriorating security in its southern neighbor after Saleh failed to act on a backroom deal struck with U.S. officials on a quick exit.
SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s opposition rejected on Monday a Gulf Arab initiative for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, because it appears to offer him immunity from prosecution, while Saleh himself welcomed the plan.
Gulf Arab foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh late on Sunday said publicly for the first time that the framework of their mediation effort involved Saleh standing down, though it did not say when that would occur. (Read on …)
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) offered to mediate President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure from Yemen. (He wants immunity from prosecution, to keep a lot of money and summers in France.) Saleh was insulted by the interference in internal affairs and withdrew Yemen’s ambassador to Qatar. Friday and Saturday saw continued state violence against the protesters with several deaths and injuries.
The units that have been shooting unarmed protesters around the country, killing almost 200, are the Republican Guards, headed by Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh, son of President Saleh, and Central Security Forces, headed by Yahya Mohammad Abdullah Saleh, President Saleh’s nephew. These are the two men the US is scrambling to keep on as these units contain the US trained counter-terror units. However, the Youth Coordinating Council (YCC) is determined that all elements of the Saleh regime must go, including all his relatives. The YCC also rejects any offer of amnesty to President Saleh, who was guilty of war crimes before the protests ever broke out.
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Saleh’s outrageous demands for prosecutorial immunity and financial rewards continue to stall the transition process. Meanwhile in a display of pique at the GCC offer of mediation, Yemen recalls its ambassador to Qatar.
SANA’A // Yemen recalled its ambassador to Qatar yesterday following remarks from Qatar’s prime minister suggesting a plan for the Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to hand over power.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani said on Thursday that members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) “hope to reach a deal with the Yemeni president to step down”. (Read on …)
Update: Saleh refuses GCC initiative to mediate a peaceful exit, says its unconstitutional, this coming from a war criminal who hasn’t obeyed a law in…ever.
The GCC Saudi Initiative
1) President Saleh to announce to step down and transfer his powers to his deputy.
2) emphasis on ensuring safety and the lack of any prosecution of him and all his relatives and the Elements of the system.
3) to form a government of national unity to have the mission operation and running of the country for a limited period and to prepare for a referendum on the constitution and parliamentary and presidential elections and may also form committees as it deems necessary.
4) If this initiative to be approved by all parties then all are invited to Riyadh to sign it and begin its implementation immediately.
In the same context, the GCC sources said that the GCC mediation recognizes and understands the importance of the need to contain the aspirations of the initiative of all parties of Yemen, led by young people, which Saleh leave/Departure is their main demands.
(Read on …)
Update: no Ali Mohsen not on the list of persons barred from participating in government.
Yemen’s transitional plan on Scribed; I certainly hope Ali Mohsen al Ahmar is on the list of the 100 presidential relatives and cronies that must be barred from positions in government and military.
Reuters Yassin Noaman offers Saleh nice life, dignity and residence in Yemen if he steps down. All the old men are playing the old games.
Its like watching a slow motion car crash and everyone is shouting, turn the wheel.
Yemen’s Economy to Collapse within Two Years – Gulf Official Warns
Yemen Post Staff
Yemen’s economy is expected to collapse within two years in case the inflation and job rates continue to increase amid a sharp decline in oil production whose revenues bring in about two thirds of the country’s income, a Gulf official has warned.
Abdul Aziz al Owaishiq, Director of the Economic Integration Department at the Gulf Cooperation Council, was quoted by Al-Hayat Newspaper as saying in a lecture in Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday that the GCC and donor annual aid to Yemen, about $ 1.2 billion, is now frozen because of the ‘administrative inefficiency and weaknesses’. (Read on …)
Good Luck to Yemen’s Soccer Team in the Gulf 20! Update: Watch streaming live, Update 2, Dang it! 0-4
Update: a good game but they lost!!! They play again Thursday same time. Original: Yemen playing Saudi Arabia in the opening game today, 7:30 pm Aden time, 11: 30 am EST, Watch the pre-game show and the game live, streaming now at http://www.watchfomny.com/Sport-tv-3.php or, if that goes down, click here.
I wrote about this issue on October 14, 2005: the Yemeni government recently entered into a 30-year contract for the port of Aden with its largest competitor, Dubai Ports International (D.P.I.). World Bank documents state that Dubai is in direct competition for container transshipment business with Aden…The majority owners of D.P.I. also are the managers of the Jabal Ali free zone in Dubai. D.P.I. will pay $83.5 million as a rent over 30 years for the Aden free zone, an area of 32 million square meters, effectively paying less than one penny per square meter in monthly rent. A Kuwaiti firm’s substantially higher tender was rejected in favor of D.P.I. As expected, DPI is raising birthing costs in port Aden, making Dubai port much more attractive to international shippers. Today’s news, Yemen’s Parliament begins a probe of the issue:
Yemen Post: Parliament approved on Saturday forming a panel to probe what MPs said were plans of the Dubai Ports World aimed at striking Aden Port, excluding it from providing services for ships and shifting international navigation route to Djiboutian and Dubai Ports.
The panel will comprise members of the Oil and Development and Transport and Communication Committees.
MPs urged to seriously address the issue of the port, which has already lost its prestige and significance as one of the old and strategic ports in the world due to irresponsible acts by the DP World.
MP Muhammad Abdu Saeed revealed that he had received a complaint from an international navigation company saying the consistently increasing fees for ship anchorage forced ships to redirect to Djibouti Port. He considered increasing the fees was aimed at striking Aden Prot through forcing ships to abandon it.
For his part, MP Ali Al-Maamari said Dubai World Ports is seeking to exclude Aden Port from international navigation route and switching the route to Djiboutian Port because the latter boosts the importance of Dubai Port. While MP Sakhr Al-Jeeh requested to turn who brought about the agreement between the government and the DP World to investigation.
The Gulf 20 is scheduled to be held in Aden and Abyan, November 22 to December 5. Yesterday dozens of protesters attacked the new stadium “to protest the unresponsiveness of the authorities to their demands for releasing detainees held in connection with criminal charges (demonstrations).” Southern secessionist leaders have urged the Gulf states to boycott the event in recognition of Yemen’s atrocities in the south. President Saleh said the cost of the stadium and sports complex is YR 120 million. The GIF brings that point home, juxtaposing 30,000 soldiers against the 4,000,000 southerners.
The only solution for Yemen is a caretaker government, as I have previously written. There must be a transition of power or things will continue to decline. If the US wants to address the root causes of terrorism in Yemen, sooner or later they are going to have to own up to the Saleh issue.
Sort of like NATO for dictators? Will crush any calls for power sharing, civil rights or financial transparency…. Any attack on Saudi Arabia is an attack on all, they say, gearing up for Sa’ada intervention apparently.
“The 30th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit” is due in Kuwait in exactly one week of now…The Secretary General of the Council, Abd-al-Rahman Al-Attiyah, describes the Kuwait Summit as an “exceptional” one, since it is being held under difficult regional, Arab and international circumstances. (Read on …)