Written By: Elena White
Article Date: Sep 1, 2012 - 7:54:07 PM
Ahead of Yemen’s National Dialogue - scheduled to be held in November 2012 – Amal Basha, the spokeswoman for the Technical Committee in charge of organizing Yemen’s coming National Dialogue, posted on her personal Facebook page on Saturday that the committee had unanimously recognized the wrongs done to South Yemen and Sa’ada under deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime; stressing a formal apology would be soon published by the government.
Several political analysts already applauded the move, noting that such contrition ahead of the conference would help mend regional ties and promote political good-will.
However, Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party Doctor Yassin Saeed Noman, himself a member of the Technical Committee, warned in an interview with Yemen Today that if indeed the government plans to take responsibility for past actions and seek to attribute blame in the context of a court ruling, it should refrain from apologizing to groups or even individuals and address the people of Yemen as a whole.
According to the politician, a targeted apology would help promote regional sentiment over national patriotism and the belief that Yemenis stood united under the flag of the Republic.
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