UAE said to be supporting Southern push for “disengagement”
Translated by our Mideastwire.com today, in part here:
On May 20, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “The dream that the southerners had more than two decades ago is now on the verge of being realized through the efforts of some southern movement forces affiliated to the UAE. A time for announcing the disengagement has been set tomorrow all the while disregarding all the obstacles that stand in the way of realizing this step.
“The head of the Supreme Council of the revolutionary peaceful movement in South Yemen, Saleh Yehya Saiid, set tomorrow as the date for announcing the disengagement of the south. Saiid, who is affiliated to former President Ali Salem al-Beidh, said that the city of Aden will host a celebration on the 21st to announce the “disengagement” of the south and the “document of independence.” This announcement comes at an interesting timing following the campaigns launched by the Saudi-led alliance forces, mainly the Emirati forces, to expand the control over the southern governorates and to achieve a “victory” in the eyes of the international community by ousting Al-Qa’idah from its strategic strongholds like Al-Makla and other coastal cities, mainly Abyan, in addition to fully controlling the island of Socotra.
“But although the time seems right to achieve the old southern dream of breaking away from the unified state that was declared in 1991, several givens indicate that this step will be difficult to achieve. The first indicator to this difficulty consists of the dismantlement of the southern forces and the absence of their leaders from the arena. This was highlighted by the fact that this important announcement was made by a council that includes southern activists rather than the important political leaders… Furthermore, the forces that fought alongside the alliance forces in the south suffer from a clear weakness and fragility… “