14 visions in question to solve Southern Issue, Benomar
By Mohammed Kalfood
More than a dozen visions have been proposed to solve the outstanding issue of the South and are currently under study amid calls for extending the already extended deadline of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC).
The Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar has told the Beirut-based Annahar newspaper that 14 visions are currently under study.
Benomar came back to Sana’a last Thursday, October 13, to help wrap up the NDC and to ensure its success. In a statement to Saba news agency, Benomar said that the purpose of his visit is to follow-up on the ongoing political progress in Yemen for the UN.
President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi has received Benomar in the Presidential Palace in the capital Sana’a. During the meeting, the President emphasized the importance of “overcoming difficulties,” according to Saba.
The 8 + 8 subcommittee, composed of southern and northern members, has resumed sessions last Sunday, October 27, after it has stumbled due to disputes over the outstanding issues chiefly including the federal regions of the next state.
The third plenary session was convened Sunday one day after the Conciliation Committee’s meeting was held and chaired by NDC Vice-President Sultan al-Atawani to resume sessions of the 8 + 8 subcommittee.
During the meeting, al-Atawani confirmed that the unresolved outstanding issues will not be postponed after the extended deadline of NDC for any possible reason.
The 8 + 8 subcommittee was formed early in September. Since the inception, there have been heated discussions between the NDC southern eight-members, headed by leader Mohammed Ali Ahmed, and the northern eight members.
On the other hand, the Working Group committee members of the NDC Sa’ada Issue agreed to vote on proposed solutions on 29 October (today).
The decision was approved by all components in the committee except GPC and Houthi representatives.
The committee agreed to vote within the time framework decided by the NDC Consensus Committee.
There have been a total of 60 proposals to the Sa’ada conflict approved by the solutions committee.