First, the southern political analyst, Anwar al-Tamimi, says that "the position of the southern powers on the negotiations of the Ansar Allah group in Riyadh is determined by the nature of the issues discussed by the negotiators." Al-Tamimi continued: "The Southern Transitional Council has issued on more than one occasion statements, during which it stressed that the southern wealth is a sovereign right of the southern people, and no one has the right to neglect it." The political analyst pointed out that "the STC's statements and the statements of its leaders can be understood as being in response to Houthi demands and conditions for regional mediators, to hand over 80% of the revenues from oil and gas extracted from oil fields in the south to the government of "Ansar Allah". "There is a degree of southern popular apprehension about the recent diplomatic moves between the Houthis and the Saudis, which will apparently lead to very high Saudi-Houthi understandings, as southerners fear that the understandings will lead to leniency with the Houthi requirements, which are represented in obtaining a large part of the oil revenues of Hadramawt and Shabwa." For his part, the southern military expert, Brigadier General Thabet Hussein, says that "the southern issue is a people's issue that was launched after the 1994 war, and more clearly and frankly since 2007, when the Southern Movement raised the demand to restore the southern state, and now since 2017, the southern people have a regionally and internationally recognized representative, which is the Southern Transitional Council." The military expert explained that "the south talks about the inherent legal right of the people of the south to self-determination, after a long struggle to reject unity and to restore their independent state." "In this transitional phase, we find that there is the Riyadh Agreement and the Riyadh consultations, which established the principle of parity in the state in the sense of the end of unity." In turn, the southern political analyst, Yasser al-Awlaki, says: "The southerners are not against the peace that is being talked about in Riyadh's discussions between the Yemeni group "Ansar Allah" and Saudi Arabia in principle, but they are for a peace that takes into account the rights and sacrifices of the people of the south and is not at the expense of their cause." The coup of "Ansar Allah" on power in Sana'a has created a new reality in the south, as they now have armed forces and a political carrier, and this confirms that the south is an important, major and effective part in any upcoming peace consultations."Al-Awlaki stressed that "any solutions that detract from their cause and dwarf their ambition to restore their state, will not succeed, and establish the sustainability of a long conflict." Last Thursday, Saudi Arabia announced its invitation to a delegation from "Ansar Allah" to visit the Kingdom, to complete discussions on reaching a comprehensive ceasefire A source in Sana'a told Sputnik last Saturday that "a delegation headed by the head of the negotiating delegation in "Ansar Allah", the group's spokesman, Mohammed Abdul Salam, left Sana'a International Airport, accompanied by a delegation from the Royal Office of Oman, to Riyadh, on board an Omani Air Force plane, to hold direct talks with the Saudi side on the details of the final solution to the conflict in Yemen, starting with an agreement on a ceasefire Fire and treatmentLast April, an Omani delegation sponsored talks in Sana'a between Ansar Allah and a Saudi official delegation headed by the Kingdom's ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, which lasted for 6 days, which discussed the humanitarian file, the ceasefire in Yemen and the start of a comprehensive Yemeni political process. It was characterized by transparency in an optimistic and positive atmosphere," adding that "these meetings will be completed as soon as possible, leading to a comprehensive, sustainable and acceptable political solution by all Yemeni parties." Saudi Arabia, in all files, including the renewal of the expired United Nations truce in Yemen, early last October, and the file of achieving peace, during negotiations hosted by the Sultanate of Oman, last period, stressing that the implementation of these understandings will be in two stages, the truce stage, and the stage of a comprehensive solution, according to the group.Yemen has been witnessing a fragile calm since the United Nations announced, on the second of last October, that the Yemeni government and the "Ansar Allah" group did not reach an agreement to extend and expand the truce, which lasted in Yemen 6 Since September 2014, Ansar Allah has controlled most of the governorates in central and northern Yemen, including the capital Sana'a, while a Saudi-led Arab coalition launched, on March 26, 2015, military operations in support of the Yemeni army to retake those areas from the group.The ongoing war in Yemen, until late 2021, has claimed the lives of 377,000 people, and inflicted cumulative losses estimated at $ 126 billion on the Yemeni economy, while 80% of the Yemeni people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations. 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What is the position of the southern powers in Yemen on the discussions of Ansar Allah and the Saudis in Riyadh?
Highlights: Yemeni group "Ansar Allah" and the Saudis in Riyadh on outstanding files. Talks to reach an extension of the truce to reach a comprehensive peace in Yemen. Analyst: "There is a degree of southern popular apprehension about the recent diplomatic moves" Military expert: "The south talks about the inherent legal right of the people of the south to self-determination, after a long struggle to reject unity and to restore their independent state""Any solutions that detract from their cause and dwarf their ambition to restored their state, will not succeed," Yasser al-Awlaki says.
At a time when discussions are taking place, the first of its kind, between a delegation from the Yemeni group "Ansar Allah" and the Saudis in Riyadh on the outstanding files, in order to reach an extension of the truce to reach a comprehensive peace in Yemen, there is a major dilemma in front of these moves, which is...