Written By: Elena White & Hesham Sami Al-Kibsi
Article Date: May 12, 2012 - 8:55:34 PM
Ansar al-Sharia, an off shoot of al-Qaeda in Yemen requested a truce with the Yemeni government, asking President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi to recall his troops and begin negotiating with the group.
On May 7th, terror militants asked local Sheikhs and clerics to carry their message to the president, hoping to found common grounds with Sana’a.
President Hadi however was not as flexible as the militants expected him to be, demanding that the Islamists first comply with his demands before he could even consider a ceasefire, giving a two weeks deadline.
Hadi demanded that Ansar al Sharia:
The retreat from all new occupied locations such asJa'ar, Zinjibar, Azzan as well as other locations in addition to the surrendering of the military equipment the group took from the armed forces. Moreover President Hadi requested Ansar al-Sharia to free all foreign abductees as well as all Yemeni soldiers and most importantly that it defines their demands for dialogue.
President Hadi held afterwards meetings with local authorities, party leaders, organizations, Sheikhs and locals from the Abyan governorate as to discuss the matter at hands.
A source close to President Hadi revealed that the president has requested local Sheikhs in Abyan to tell the Islamic militants that he would neither halt nor waver in his attacks of the group’s positions in the southern Yemeni provinces as he was determined to push them out of his land and launch against them Yemen’s fury.
The truce proposal made by Ansar Al-Sharia came after it launched an operationcalled "If you return we return" on army brigades in Al-Cood, Zinjibar which led to the death of 30 soldiers and the kidnapping of 28 others as well as the seizure of military equipment.
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