Written By: Majid al-Kibsi
Article Date: Dec 23, 2010 - 12:27:08 PM
President Ali Abdullah Saleh has attended a symposium entitled “The political and legal aspects of constitutional rights of the unified country” at Aden University on Monday December 20.
President Saleh focused in his speech on the historical timeline of Yemen’s Reunification on May 22nd, 1990. He also invited for reconciliation and forgiveness and turning new pages in cooperation and unity.
“We are with reconciliation and tolerance, which we have announced early after the Reunification of Yemen on May 22, 1990. We then called on our brothers to leave the past behind us,” said Saleh.
The president described the separatists as having learned from an era before the revolutions of Yemen in September and October. “There are variables that stand before this generation through these great achievements, which include this great campus. But there are people who try to bring back the detestable past. Unification brings us all back to zero. Let’s talk about freedom, democracy, and a peaceful transition,”
The speech invited all political blocs to negotiate, discuss, and understand each other. He called on parties and blocs to put the past behind them and start building a modern and developed Yemen.
In his speech, President Saleh reviewed the progress of unification and the obstacles that have faced it. “Aden has embraced many political forces, which were grown, raised, planned, and fought to start the revolutions of September and October. They have fought seeking reunification of Yemen.”
Saleh added, “We in the north were demanded with an immediate unification after all these conflicts between the two parts and after two wars. The north wanted to force the unification because of some members in the north system that was paid and wanted to take over the system in the south. These members were from the south but were close to the decision makers in the north. These days, these members snivel and threaten to take to the streets.”
Saleh explained more, “The slogans they repeated like ‘The Honest and Dishonest’ and ‘The Non-National Frontier’ dragged us to the immediate unification, but this dragged Yemen into war. We reconciled and stopped the war and started with a clean slate, the north sorted its affairs and we were pushed into the war of 1979, so we went to Kuwait and asked for time to sort our situation, but the north insisted on immediate unification with no conditions, and this is the historic facts.”
The speech continued to mention the phases and the challenges that faced unification including the catastrophe of January 13th, 1986. “It was the biggest catastrophe in the history of Yemen. The massacre of January 13th will not be forgiven by history,” said Saleh.
Saleh said that what happened in 1990 during the gulf war was part of a conspiracy, when the people walked in the streets and rooted for Saddam, “These were our comrades in arms. They are still alive, and I wish they were here in this symposium to reply on what I said.”
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