Interviews

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 In an exclusive interview with President of The Southern Transitional Council Aidros Qasim Zubaidi on the occasion of the celebrations of the First anniversary of Aden’s historic declaration on the 4th May 2017 and establishing  the Southern Transitional Council on May 11th, 2017, Major General Al Zubaidi said that the STC and the Southern people are still at war.
 Al Zubaidi assured that the people of the South are in two wars one of which is with terrorist organisations backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, the other is with the government through the lack of public services. He called on the Southerners to reinforce the principles of reconciliation and tolerance and unmask those who try to penetrate them by reigniting the events of 30th Jan 2018 in Aden. He also confirmed that the anniversary celebrations will start on Thursday 3rd May 2018.

 Al Zubaidi in his interview praised the strategic roles played by the Arab coalition led by KSA and the UAE in particular, reaffirming standing by the Arab coalition. He reviewed the achievements and the priorities of STC primarily opening a direct link with the United Nations where he stressed on the need for a negotiating team which represents the South at the forthcoming negotiations.

 The STC president drew the attention to open an all-inclusive dialogue with all the components operated by a negotiating team which represents the South. Al Zubaidi sent several messages to all the Southern people especially the families of the martyrs and the wounded as well as President Abdulraboh Mansoor Hadi and the Arab coalition noting that he excluded sending any direct message to the Government.

The interview went as follows:

AP - As the country is still at war can you please give us a realistic view of the situation in the capital Aden, the South in particular and the the country in General?
 
Al Zubaidi - Without any doubt, the situation in Aden, in particular, is obvious, that we are still at war with the terrorist organisations ‘Daesh and Alqaeda’, and we are still at war with the government noticing the lack of it providing the main and basic public services. We can say at this point that we have come a long way to reinsure security and fight terrorism. No one can deny that the situation has improved since the war. However we are still in desperate need of vital public services like electricity water health services, treating the wounded and education services which are important and a basic need for society, this is the role of the government. Aden's Security Forces, the Support Forces and the Security Belt have all successfully played a great role, thanks to the great efforts and support by the U.A.E. State, those bodies have done an enormous job in combating terrorism.
 On the other hand, the Southern Transitional Council achieved a major breakthrough by establishing a bearer for the Southern issue. Most of the Southern provinces are stable except those who are not free from the Houthis. We are currently working to eradicate terrorist cells ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ from the South.

AP - What is your vision for the future of the South, the Southerners and the Southern issue in General?

Al Zubaidi - We stand by our Southern people we are working to build our Southern future through creating alliances with the world community and towards establishing the Southern issue at the United Nations, the Security Council and all the international bodies by creating a negotiating team which represents the Southerners in the forthcoming negotiations.

AP - Aden and the South are preparing for the celebrations of the first anniversary of its historic Declaration of Aden and establishing the Southern Transitional Council. What has been achieved and what are its future priorities and aspirations?

Al Zubaidi - We will celebrate on Thursday the 3rd May, the First anniversary of the historic Declaration of Aden and the
establishment of the Southern Transitional Council, we assert the people that we will complete building and establish most of the STC’s committees in the capital Aden and the rest of the Southern provinces and districts, as well as the Legislative Council, will be established  very soon. It is vital to mention that we have established a direct link with the United Nations Envoy to Yemen Mr Martin Griffiths. During our meeting with him, we stressed the need and importance of a negotiating team representing the southern issue, this itself is considered a great achievement for the STC. Our priority is to open negotiations and dialogue with all factions in the South and to reach a consensus of a representative body which will represent the the southern issue in the coming negotiations.

AP - There is an ongoing hostile media campaign against the STC. Who do you think is behind it? What is its aim and does it affect the work of the STC?

Al Zubaidi -  The ‘Muslim Brotherhood’, is backing the ferocious media campaign against the STC since the Southern Resistance, the Security Belt and the Arab coalition have combated the advances of the terrorist organisations which are supported and funded by the Muslim Brotherhood. A campaign which they have led against the STC, the Hadhrami Elite Forces and the Nokhba Shabwania, who are collectively at the forefront in combating terrorism and providing security in the South. It is true that there is a lot of talk on the streets against the STC but it does not affect its work and will not derail it from its main aim which is the independence of the South, freedom and reclaiming its Southern State.

AP - You have promised that the situation after the 30th Jan will change and that Ben Dagher ’s government will be forced to leave nothing changed in reality and the government did not leave Why? Is there any agreement and what is your position toward what is happening?

Al Zubaidi - The Southern people need to know that we have alliances and partners one of which is the Arab coalition which without any doubt is a force, we have handed the governments dossier to the Arab coalition led by the KSA and UAE, who have in return vowed that the security council will handle it and will find solutions to the problems as soon as possible, so we are waiting. There is no agreement, we the STC, the government and the Arab coalition are all on one side against the Houthi, we cannot disagree on that , there is an agreement that the government will provide  and improve the public services and we have asked president Abduraboh Mansoor Hadi and the Arab coalition to find a skilled government that meets the needs of the people. We assure the people that we will not neglect their needs and they will not be silenced plus we will not neglect their legal rights.

AP - What is the secret behind the success of the Southern Forces which are supported by the Arab coalition the UAE in particular against the terrorist organisations? What are the fruits of those victories at the present and for the future on the local and regional arena?

Al Zubaidi - The Southern people have the power and a national principle in restoring their state, they have the ability and bravery to sacrifice their lives to irradiate terrorism, this is their aim to reclaim and build a free democratic and civil state free from terrorism, it has an aim to be part of a regional and International community, as well as are a part of this international community which its main priority is to irradicate terrorism. Therefore the presence of terrorist organisations in the Southern governorate does not serve the interests of its people or the people of the region which means that the Southern people will not be able to gain the trust of the international community and their free independent state if they do not irradiate terrorism.

AP - Lately the STC leadership met with the UN envoy to Yemen Mr Martin Griffith. What went on at that meeting and what were the outcomes of it?

Al Zubaidi - Our main aim is to be present at the future negotiations, we spoke with the UN envoy frankly and honestly and said that ignoring the Southern issue will not serve to resolve the Yemeni issue a statement which he agreed upon.

AP - Tell us about the STC’s initiative in the launching of a comprehensive dialogue which includes various Southern factions what are its aims and outcomes?

Al Zubaidi - We formed committees chaired by the member of the STC presidium Dr Nasser Khobehi those committees will work on creating dialogues with the Southern factions locally and abroad to reach components which will activate a dialogue to unite the Southern front.

AP - What is your message to the Southern people?

Al Zubaidi -  We call on the people of the South to promote the principles of reconciliation  tolerance, maintain national unity
of the Southern social structure and to restrain all the Southern factors because there are enemies who want to drag us into the events similar to those of last January, frankly we do not want to repeat those events. We call on the Southerners to carry on their fight for their rights, which they have been calling for, which is the independent Southern state. On this occasion, we would like to thank them for their precious sacrifices and thank the families of the martyrs and the wounded and every mother and sister and father who sacrificed their loved ones to this homeland.

AP - What are your message to the Arab coalition and president Abdulraboh Mansoor Hadi and the government?

Al Zubaidi - We thank the Arab coalition for its stand and its vital role in the war against the Houthis. We assure you that our strategic project, in the long run, is an Arab project which stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and all the coalition countries. Our message to President Hadi is we asked and we continue to raise the Southern issue and the Southern people and to provide the government with competently skilled cadres who have the professionalism and ability in the government to serve the people. As for the government, we do not wish to send it any messages our messages are directed to those who are in charge of it.