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BBC Arabic: Concerns about Separation of Southern Yemen and Saudi Arabia and UAE Push Towards Pacification

SMA News – Follow-ups
On its website, BBC Arabic published a report about Arab newspapers coverage of the situation in Yemen, especially recent events in Adan. The following is the report as it is published by BBC Arabic.
Arab newspapers discussed the developments of Yemeni crisis after relative calm in Adan. A Saudi/UAE delegation arrived at Adan to maintain seize fire newspapers wondered about the continuity of relative calm. Some writers looked pessimistic because of a “real urge of separation” in the south while others think that the crisis was a mere temporary summer cloud.
A South Demanding Separation
Abd Al-Bary Atwan, in “Rai Al-Yaoum” of London, said: “Most people in southern Yemen don’t want a united Yemen. Instead, they want a separate south, according to tribal and territorial considerations. Just as UK established states over oil wells in the gulf, this crisis will lead to states and flags at the Roman fashion of conflicting cities and Adan, at best, may play the role of Byzantium”.
Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, in “Al-Shark Al-Awsat” of London, said: “There is a real urge of separation inside Yemen with the existence of a supporting organization. In the south, a wide range of the society blames the Yemeni union for poverty, oppression and injustice. Undoubtedly, the regimen of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh destroyed Yemen as a whole and is responsible for the failure of the state”.
Meshary Al-Zaidy, also in “Al-Shark Al-Awsat” of London, indicated the significant conflict between the north and south saying: “The real conflict between the two parties has past roots. People of the south think that they have a historic opportunity to get rid of the north and govern their south independently. On the other hand, people of the north, the main pillars of political, military and media powers of the legitimacy under a southern president and a southern prime minister, think that the union serves the supreme interests of Yemen and can never be given up”.
Mohamed Ali Al-Taweel, in “Adan Al-Ghad” of Yemen, blames the south for its internal differences saying: “Absurd conflicts are not new in the south as some are not open-minded to others and still see themselves and their attitudes as the nation and sense of patriotism while everything else is the enemy. The nation and patriotism are innocent of what they do, either by themselves or under the urge of some else”.
Hussam Al-Laithy, in “Al-Omana” of Yemen, asserts that the south should have a separate sovereignty saying: “Our southern cause is on the right way and takes well—planned steps towards the goal that we sacrificed our martyrs for; that is our independent southern state”.
“Summer Clouds”
On the other hand, “Al-Khaleej” of UAE expressed optimism as combat ends in Yemen. Its editorial says: “The role of the Arab Coalition managed to restore the situation to stability and ended the crisis with cooperation of all parties. This crisis was like summer clouds that everyone hopes that it ended permanently. Conviction of the Arab Coalition was, and still is, that the battel should be with the common enemy of the all Yemenis. That is Al-Houthi Militias.
Zain Al-Abedeen Othman indicated that this role is “a Saudi/Emirati joint project. It is a plan for what is going to happen after liberating the south from the so-called Al-Houthis, just to alternate roles between Saudi Arabia and UAE in managing the southern file and dividing southern territories according to their joint interests through supporting their influence in the south even if that led the south to separate from the north”.

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