OP-ED

Why we need a dialogue

National Yemen

Fakhri al-Arashi

By Fakhri al-Arashi

The number of plots being hatched and implemented is noticeably increasing nowadays – plots with the express purpose of disturbing the nation’s political situation before the launch of the National Dialogue. Yes, it’s fair to expect that the National Dialogue in Yemen will begin on time, but there are those few who believe they can indeed prevent it from being held. Their desires, translated into reality, can be seen in the constant troubles afflicting both north and south Yemen.

Over the past fifty years, Yemen’s people have continued to dream of political stability, security and a good economy. The result of wrongheaded policies, Yemenis have not even been allowed to see the realization of the above aspirations in a political transition process which had as it aim the launch of a ‘new Yemen’.

The former regime was very much involved in today’s chaos, whether directly or indirectly. On February 27, former president Saleh apparently desired to celebrate the first anniversary of his loss at the hands of the country’s youth revolution. In his speech, he said that he wasn’t satisfied with the current situation; he wanted to tell people that electricity sabotage was continuing to occur; that the Southern Movement had been getting stronger following the transition; and he directly accused Iran and former Vice President Ali Salem Al-Beidh of destabilizing the country.

The messages which can be read from Saleh’s return to the public sphere are that he wished to affirm that he was still strong and is not affected by the UN Security Council’s threats to impose sanctions for undermining Yemen’s political transition.

Saleh wanted people to remember his past speeches which were delivered from Al-Sabeen, where he used to bring together military forces to celebrate national anniversaries.

There can be no doubt that the former President spent all his life in power eluding the formation of serious partnerships with his partners, either before or after the achievement of national unity. Out of all these troubles the National Dialogue must take place. For individuals, separation is not a major issue – neither are federalism and national unity.

What matters is for the Yemeni community to see a peaceful resolution. The National Dialogue represents the only way for this to happen.