Interviews

Thu - 08 Nov 2018 - 02:46 AM ،،،


 Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Lutfi Shatara poked fun at those who say that the separation from the North will lead internal conflict in the South, affirming that the STC leadership is made up of eminent figures from all regions of the South and that the southerners are united more than ever.

Shatara said in an interview with "Erm News" that the North showed superiority over the South while the North can not impose any unacceptable solution on the South or prevent its independence, noting that "unity with the North ended in the South and nothing left to say about it."

Shatara said that the Southern Transitional Council council will engage in talks with all the Southerners wherever they are, adding that the "the STC President, Aidroos al-Zubaidi and his deputy, Hani Ben Brik, already met with southern leaders last Ramadan, such as Abu Bakr al-Attas, Ali Nasser Mohammed and Ali Salem al-Beid, who would have a consultative role and would provide their political expertise to the Council.

Shatara said that the South is free since 2015, but the governments within the legitimacy  disrupt its stability, whether in humanitarian or service aspects or even salaries for employees.

He added that the government disrupted the life of the South through obvious practices made by Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islah party that built military institutions under the guise of legitimacy, but they had been completely eleminated.


Shatara said that the situation in the south is now stable and calm with strong support from the Arab Coalition forces that led a serious fight against al-Qaeda terrorist groups and managed to dry their resources with the participation of the Elite Forces and the Security Belt.

He also added that there are two reasons for delaying the victory over the Houthis, the first is the army of the government and the second is the betrayal of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islah party, affirming that Islah Party does not want the Arab Coalition to win the war for its own political future, Islah worked to block the victory on many fronts such as in Taiz and al-Baydha, by preventing its elements from participating in the battles and also by smuggling weapons to the Houthis to keep their presence.

Shatara made it clear that the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islah party managed to kidnap the government, and to control its decisions which hindered development and stability in the South.

Regarding the Houthi military situation, Shatara Pointed out that the Houthi forces are exhausted and besieged as the operations continue to liberate the strategic city of Hodeida and to storm Maran, the main stronghold of Houthis and their leader Abdul Malik Al Houthi.

With respect to the relationship of the Transitional Council with the southern forces such as al-Amalika, he said that the southern forces speak on behalf of the South, raise the flag of the South and defend the South, stressing that the STC leadership keeps its close relationship with the southern forces.

As for the STC relation with the government, Shatara denied the existence of any kind of such relation, accusing the government of damaging and looting all the Arab Coalition offers to support Yemen and to liberate it from the grip of the Iran-backed Houthi putschist militia.

He stated that the Council demand the Yemeni president to change the government that failed to provide services and salaries to the people and did nothing for the stability of the country and for finding out solutions the problems of the citizens, such as frequent water shortages and power outages.

Shatara pointed out that Saudi Arabia is in al-Mahra governorate to protect border passages, especially against weapon smuggling, noting at the same time that Islah party incites the inhabitants of al-Mahra against the UAE presence and considering it an occupation, to repeat the same story of Socotra archipelago, but it's just a whirlwind that will soon be over.

Regarding the international support for the Southern Transitional Council, Shatara affirmed that there's a support and a sympathy shift in favour of the Council especially during the STC European tour to Britain, Germany and France, noting that the Council will start a second tour to the United States after evaluating the results of the first tour to Europe.