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World Yemen's government reaches deal with separatists

23:10  05 november  2019
23:10  05 november  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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Deal aims to create cohesive government capable of challenging Houthi forces.

Yemen ' s government has signed a power-sharing deal with separatists in the south of the country that is intended to end months of infighting. The two are meant to be part of an alliance with a Saudi-led multinational coalition that has been battling the rebel Houthi movement since 2015.

Yemen's government has signed a power-sharing deal with separatists in the south of the country that is intended to end months of infighting.

a group of people sitting at a table: The deal was signed by representatives of the Southern Transitional Council and the government© EPA The deal was signed by representatives of the Southern Transitional Council and the government

The two are meant to be part of an alliance with a Saudi-led multinational coalition that has been battling the rebel Houthi movement since 2015.

But in August, separatists supported by the UAE seized control the city of Aden from Saudi-backed government forces.

The UN said the deal was an important step towards ending Yemen's civil war.

The conflict has devastated the country and claimed the lives of at least 7,000 civilians, according to the UN.

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CAIRO (AP) — Yemen ' s internationally-recognized government and southern separatists have reached an initial agreement to end their infighting in According to two Yemeni officials, the tentative deal between the separatists and the government envisages the formation of a new Cabinet with

Representatives of Yemen ' s government and southern separatists sign a Saudi-brokered deal to end a power struggle in the southern port of Aden, in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's envoy to Yemen told reporters that the pact, reached after more than a month of indirect talks in the kingdom, would see

Monitors believe the death toll is far higher. The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) said last week that it had recorded more than 100,000 fatalities, including 12,000 civilians killed in direct attacks.

The fighting has also triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Four-fifths of the population - 24 million people - are in need of humanitarian assistance or protection, including 10 million who rely on food aid to survive.

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Separatists seeking independence for south Yemen, which was a separate country before unification with the north in 1990, formed an uneasy alliance with President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi four years ago to stop the Houthis capturing Aden.

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Yemen ’ s internationally recognized government signed a power-sharing deal with southern separatists Tuesday, in a Saudi-brokered initiative to end a conflict simmering within the country’s civil war. Unrest in the south, which saw secessionist forces seize

Yemen ’ s internationally recognized government has signed a power-sharing deal with Yemeni separatists that are backed by the United Arab Emirates. The deal aims to halt months of infighting between the two groups. They are both part of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that is fighting Yemen ’ s

They subsequently drove the rebels out of much of the south with the help of the Saudi-led coalition, and Aden became the temporary seat of Mr Hadi's cabinet.

a large building with a mountain in the background: Under the agreement, Saudi forces will oversee security inside the city of Aden© Reuters Under the agreement, Saudi forces will oversee security inside the city of Aden

But in August, the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) turned on the president, accusing his government of mismanagement and criticising his ties to Islamists. Following several days of deadly clashes, militia fighters aligned to the STC seized control of Aden from troops loyal to the government.

When the government tried to retake the city, the UAE intervened with air strikes.

Saudi Arabia brokered a truce before hosting talks that led to Tuesday's deal.

A copy of the agreement seen by Reuters news agency calls for the formation of a new cabinet within 30 days with equal numbers of northerners and southerners.

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▶️ Yemen ' s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists signed an agreement to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen , Tuesday, November 5. Saudi

The STC will also be allowed to join any UN-mediated talks to end the civil war.

Fighters from both sides will be placed under the command of the defence and interior ministries, and the Saudi forces will oversee security inside Aden, according to Reuters. The UAE, which has been withdrawing troops from Yemen since July, handed over control of Aden to them last month.

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud posing for the camera: The crown princes of Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia attended the signing ceremony© AFP The crown princes of Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia attended the signing ceremony

"This agreement will open a new period of stability in Yemen. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands with you," Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said.

The UN's special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said it was an "important step for our collective efforts to advance a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Yemen".

"Listening to southern stakeholders is important to the political efforts to achieve peace in the country," he added.

US President Donald Trump, who has maintained logistical and intelligence support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen despite strong opposition in Congress, tweeted: "A very good start! Please all work hard to get a final deal."

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