Written By: Yemen Observer Staff
Article Date: May 10, 2011 - 11:34:25 AM
Signing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreement is not the solution to Yemen’s current political crisis – it is only the beginning of the solution.
This is why we have to be clear and careful about this agreement.
We have to be very careful about its details. If not, signing this agreement could speed up civil war in Yemen. Both sides, the General People’s Congress (GPC) and the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), should be clear on what is expected of them if they sign the GCC initiative.
Its details should include a time frame and indicators of successful implementation. In the agreement, there are talks about the removal of all issues that cause discontent and friction. Behind closed doors sources reveal that the opposition laugh and say that this clause means that President Ali Abdullah Saleh should go.
The GPC meanwhile believes that this means that all military camps that have been revolting should go back to reporting to the commands of the Ministry of Defense. If this agreement is not detailed clearly and not signed by everybody, including all opposition voices, the danger is that it would go from an intended blessing to an unwanted curse. And this curse would ignite instability in Yemen, the region and world. Worse still, it would ensure that Yemen is a haven for al-Qaeda.
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