By NY Staff
Southern leader and NDC member Lutfi Shatara denounced the optimism President Hadi has shown towards the results of NDC so far. Shatara decried the fact that Hadi has only attended two dialogue sessions, and suggested that the reports received by the president might be false or otherwise poor depictions of what is really taking place at the Conference. “Hadi’s optimism is boosted by his participating supporters, but I have my own reasons to defy his optimism,” he stated.
Shatara has also publicly wondered at the reason behind Hadi’s optimism, especially given that southerners have refused to vote on decisions announced by the six of the nine Dialogue working groups (all working groups excepting those on the issues of state-building, the southern movement, and the Sa’ada province). The government will not be able to implement the twenty items recently listed by Hadi, says Shatara, or even the eleven items presented at the start of the Dialogue.
According to Shatara, the team working on the southern issue could not go to southern provinces because northerners in the team are afraid of traveling to the south. “I believe in the importance of going to the streets of the southern provinces as a way of showing respect for southerners and appreciation for the oppression they suffered at the hands of the former regime.” Shatara noted that five southern members of the southern issue group have withdrawn their positions without informing the other members. He complained about the carelessness of northern members of the team, declaring that it will result in failure of the team’s assigned project.
He concluded his speech saying that his daily presence in the NDC sessions gives him the feeling that participants are conspiring against the southern issue. Shatara fears that the heads of the Conference will force the southern working group to accept a rushed solution due to their tardiness. He directed his speech to President Hadi, stating that southerners will not lose the chance of restoring their rights through NDC.