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The Pressing Need to Answer Yemeni People’s Aspirations

Foreign interference in Yemen's internal affairs has slowed down efforts to achieve peace as its people desire for an end to hostilities and national unity. Recent events, like as the Southern Transitional Council's (STC) stepped-up campaign for secession and the US government’s reluctance to put peace first, underline the pressing necessity to answer the aspirations of the Yemeni people.

The recent proposal for a military invasion and annexation of Yemen's southern territory by the UAE-backed STC demonstrates the movement for secession's rising momentum. In conjunction with the 33rd anniversary of the creation of modern Yemen, the STC seeks to re-establish the state of the south within its pre-1990 borders.

The STC aims to capitalise on the relative calm brought about by current peace negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels by establishing authority over the remaining southern territories. However, this secessionist ambition poses a threat to further splinter Yemen and prolong its people's misery.

The entirety of what was formerly North Yemen, including the capital city of Sana'a, is now under the authority of the Houthi rebels, who have practically won the war. The Saudi-backed Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) now has control over the internationally recognised government, which still has some authority.

Due to the conflicts and flaws within the PLC, the STC, which is represented in the new governing body, feels that it is entitled to a prominent role in the final agreement. These fluctuating power relationships serve to highlight the complexity of the dispute and the demand for an all-encompassing solution.

Since the ceasefire deal, there have been no recorded bombings or retaliation strikes, which has resulted in a period of relative peace. Hope for a prolongation of the ceasefire and a potential settlement is offered by the restart of business activity in Yemen's ports. Progress, nevertheless, is in jeopardy due to Washington’s unwillingness to prioritise peace and tendency to keep control of the conflict.

The US prolongs the agony of the Yemeni people by failing to utilise its clout with Riyadh to secure a solution with the Houthi rebels and by indicating support for the Saudi-led coalition. Widespread famine, a lack of medical supplies, and the loss of essential infrastructure are the results of the embargo and unrelenting bombing campaign.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions are facing famine and displacement, and the Yemeni people have undergone unspeakable pain. Their top priorities are the cessation of hostilities and a thorough national reconciliation. Foreign interference must be put aside in order to accomplish this, and the ambitions of the Yemeni people must take precedence.

The international community must back inclusive peace negotiations that put all Yemeni factions' interests first and guarantee their participation in any final agreement. To lessen the suffering of the Yemeni people, humanitarian aid must be rapidly increased.


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