Political Analysis

A consensus on the National Dialogue Conference’s importance

National Yemen

Journalists in a press conference briefing

BY NY Staff

Yemen has entered a new phase amid local, regional and international consensus on the importance of holding the National Dialogue Conference, which is considered to represent one of the transitional period’s most important stages. It is also considered vital for Yemen to address various crucial challenges, including the threat posed by the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization.

The visit to Yemen by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani and United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon reflect international attention towards developments in Yemen’s political scene. The visits also encouraged the National Dialogue, the holding of which continues to meet with a number of obstacles and hardships.

Importance of the dialogue

The National Dialogue constitutes the main framework for achieving consensus among Yemen’s various powers and political factions and is vital for the success of the transitional period. The National Dialogue continues to encounter hardships due to political, security and economic realities Yemen has been experiencing. The crisis revealed that nothing could help the country overcome its predicament but the holding the dialogue. From another perspective, Yemen is meeting with pivotal challenges, headed by the fight against Al-Qaeda, separatists and sectarian calls which can never be met but under unity and with a clear vision of the future.

Impending settlement

A trustworthy source has reported on a “dangerous” coalition which stands for the blocking of political settlements in Yemen and the execution of the second phase of the GCC initiative, a coalition which was spoken about by the GCC and UN secretary generals. “President Hadi’s talks with Ban Ki-moon and Abdullatif Al-Zayani focused on ways to move ahead and complete the GCC initiative, to achieve success with the National Dialogue and punish those who attempt to block it,” said the source.

According to the sources, UN Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar met with coalition leaders who aimed to block the dialogue and GCC initiative, was shocked by their hardline stances and informed them they faced tough collective and individual punishments if they did not refrain from such efforts. The source described prominent Southern Movement figure Ali Salem Al-Beidh as “disgraced,” adding that Al-Beidh is now seen as unacceptable whether he is inside or outside Yemen, but also that Al-Beidh continues to insist on separation for South Yemen.

“Regarding the National Dialogue, it may be held in December in Sana’a with the participation of around 565 people,” concluded the source.

Supporting change

Al-Zayani and Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Yemen conveyed the important message that the world supports Yemen’s political change process and the National Dialogue Conference no matter what obstacles it faces. It also conveys that the world was ready to help Yemen overcome such obstacles.

“The security, stability and unity of Yemen are all targets the international community is working to achieve, to maintain the security of the whole region,” stated Benomar during his visit to Sana’a.

According to a local source, President Hadi informed Al-Zayani and Ban Ki-moon about the nature of presidential decrees to be issued soon and which aim to end the state of political deadlock. The source added that the decrees also aim to eliminate continuous protests by Southern Movement powers and the resumption of the military restructuring process, which has been demanded since the eruption of last year’s revolution.