UN chief welcomes agreement on political roadmap in Yemen

UN chief welcomes agreement on political roadmap in Yemen
# 25 December 2013 03:20 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday welcomed the agreement on a roadmap to resolve the southern issue in Yemen and form a new structure of the state in the Middle East country, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

A statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson said that the agreement "provides for the creation of a new federal state, outlines principles that will guide its formation, and stipulates a special arrangement for Southern representation in the executive, legislative and judicial branches, as well as in the civil service. "

Delegates of the Yemeni national dialogue on Monday reached an agreement on the future status of the South and the new structure of the Yemeni State.

The roadmap, which is called the Outcome Document, was signed at the presidential office with the attendance of President Abd- Rabbu Mansour Hadi and UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, as well as representatives of the separatist Southern Movement.

Ban said the agreement "paves the way for establishing a new unified state, on the basis of federalism and democracy, which upholds human rights, the rule of law, and equal citizenship through the creation of a new state structure and social contract. "

The UN chief also called on all sides to continue to work together in good faith and in collaboration with his Special Adviser Benomar with a view to resolving outstanding issues and advancing the political transition.

Yemeni factions started the comprehensive reconciliation dialogue in March as part of the power transition launched after the 2011 mass protests that led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It was designed to run six months but its conclusion was delayed after southern separatist leaders insisted on full independence for their region.

The southerners had been complaining of being economically and politically marginalized and discriminated against by the former regime since northern troops won a four-month civil war in 1994.

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