By NY Staff
General Secretary of the National Dialogue Conference Dr. Ahmed Bin Mubarak expects a response soon from the representatives of Herak on the recent decisions of the National Dialogue Conference. A recent message from Mohammed Ali Ahmed, head of southern issues group, to President Hadi, contained a proposal for equal dialogue between representatives of the north and south to be held in a different country. Mohammed Ali Ahmed’s letter to Hadi was also sent to the National Dialogue Conference and distributed to all its members.
Ahmed’s letter represents part of an ongoing attempt to resolve Yemen’s southern dispute, and his suggestion to Hadi follows several proposals offered by the Herak group. The 26 September website quoted Dr. Mubarak as saying that equal percentages of northern and southern involvement in the National Dialogue has been achieved and this vision remains important for the Herak movement. Southern members of the Conference had considered withdrawing from the Dialogue at the end Eid; members of the movement felt that their views were not being sincerely included in Dialogue communication. At this time they have decided not to step away from the table.
Bin Mubarak said that communications are ongoing with the peaceful Herak movement and its representative to the National Dialogue. “We are expecting different views in the Dialogue; we will seek them out and bring them together to better serve everyone. For if we were unable to do that, why would he hold the Dialogue at all? We expect that our brothers in the Herak movement will soon rejoin their brothers in the Dialogue. They have very good ideas and observations vital to solving the southern issue.”
Mohammed Ali Ahmed also held meetings on Saturday with Dialogue participants in Aden. The large group included almost 85 Conference members. Based on this meeting, they will decide whether they will continue with the National Dialogue or consider new point of view. Sources say that Mohammed Ali Ahmed arranged his meeting action after being informed that the president will carry out open meetings with Ali Salem al-Bed, Ali Nasr Mohammed, and Haidr Abu-Bakr al-Attas, a group with strong influence over Yemeni southerners. Mohammed Ali Ahmed fears that the involvement of these figures in the Dialogue may undermine his power and authority and representative of the south.