Yemen Observer: http://www.yobserver.com
Written By: Abdul-Aziz Oudah
Article Date: Dec 31, 2012 - 8:32:20 PM
A number of members of parliament called on the Yemeni government to break diplomatic relations with Turkey, dismiss several security officials and ban the use of motorcycles in major cities following the continuing assassinations of officials by gunmen on motorcycles.
Parliamentarian Abdu Bishr requested the dismissal of the military, national security and political security commanders. Parliamentarian Mohammed Moshli Al-Radhdi said since most assassinations are carried out by gunmen on motorcycles, they ought to be banned, especially in Sana’a.
Al-Radhi also called on the Yemeni Government to end diplomatic relations with Turkey in light of the recent weapons shipments from that country. Parliamentarian Abdullah Al-Mikhlafi accused Turkey, Iran and the US of stirring up trouble in Yemen, referring to the three nations as the “triangle of terror”. Turkey says the weapons shipments were not from the government, but from groups from within Turkey.
On related issue, Kifah, a Yemeni organization established to combat violence and terror in the country, has accused the Turkish government of sponsoring terrorism in Yemen by financing weapons used for assassinations. They condemned the Yemeni government for failing to take any political action against the Turkish government and is calling for Turkey to be prosecuted.
Kifah is demanding that the Turkish government disclose the names of those responsible for importing the weapons.
According to Kifah, “Should it fail to do so, we will petition the International Criminal Court to prosecute the Turkish government, led by prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Kifah said it has copies of investigations into seized weapons, including photos, revealed country of origin and types of weapons used in assassinations of military officials. The Ministry of Interior recently revealed that more than 70 officials have been assassinated in Yemen this year.