Written By: Fazli Corman, Turkish Ambassador to Yemem
Article Date: May 14, 2012 - 9:44:36 PM
The process to lead reformation in Yemen has been relatively peaceful compared to some other Arab countries that are going through similar processes. The conflicts were partially solved; or rather a mechanism was placed in for their solution through the GCC initiative which was signed last November. With that, Yemen has entered in a critical transition period which has been re-shaping the country’s political structure.
So far, the forming of transitional consensus government, the election of the new President, new appointments in the military and other official positions and establishment of National Dialogue Committee along with the GCC mechanism proved to bring a fresh impetus in the governance of the Republic. Moreover, with the participation of all sides through National Dialogue process, the instruments of participatory democracy will hopefully come into force and pave the way to the stability and welfare of Yemen. The mechanism was put into place with the help of the international community and neighbors of Yemen, but it can succeed only if Yemenis own it and use it to navigate away from the current problems suffocating this blessed nation of ancient wisdom. Yemeni brothers and sisters should not expect their problems be solved by anyone but themselves.
When the transition period is over, I expect Yemen will have achieved the first set of aims since democratic system and its mechanisms will be ready by then. A new constitution will be legislated and a fresh parliament and cabinet, approved by the society will come in power after the transitional period. These legitimate powers will be fully accountable to the people in steering the country out of poverty and leading it flourish quickly. So, by the end of this decade, I visualize Yemen as a country of safety and stability in which many investors populate the hotels while tourists enjoy its incredibly rich cultural and natural heritage.
As Turkish Government and people, we will be supporting the efforts of Yemen to become a modern and developed country wholeheartedly, unconditional and without any political or economic provision. We will implement many focused, culturally sensitive, innovative and holistic development projects addressing the real needs of society through our TİKA (Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency) Office which will be opened soon in Sanaa. We heartily wish to provide competence building and capacity development for Yemenis to gain, accumulate and improve experience and knowledge by bilateral co-operations with Turkish universities. Thus we will continue to accept Yemeni students for scholarships in Turkey and will work to increase the number of Yemenis studying in Turkey in order to contribute to the future prospects of Yemen.
On this auspicious occasion, I appeal to Yemenis of all tribal or sectarian belonging, political belief or loyalty to gather around the common goal of standing against the current challenges by reclaiming your heritage, your pride and your nationhood…
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