Saudi Arabia: Yemen government, STC agree to resolution implementing Riyadh Agreement

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Saudi Arabia presented the Yemeni government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) with a resolution to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, including maintaining a ceasefire, an official source said on Monday.

The resolution presented by Saudi Arabia, in coordination with the UAE, stipulates that the STC rescind its self-rule and appoint a governor for Aden, the formation of a new government which will equally represent the north and the south of Yemen, and tasking the Yemeni Prime Minister with forming a government within 30 days, Saudi state news agency SPA reported citing the official.

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“The two [Yemeni] parties responded and agreed to start executing this resolution, to overcome the existing obstacles, and accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh agreement,” SPA reported.

Tensions had escalated between the parties in Yemen in April, after the STC decided it will establish self-rule in southern regions in Yemen under its control, a move condemned by the internationally recognized government of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour.

The two parties, however, heeded Saudi Arabia’s call for a ceasefire, de-escalation of tensions as of June 22 and agreed to hold talks to discuss implementing the Riyadh Agreement.

The November deal agreed in Riyadh aimed to end the power struggle in south Yemen. The agreement stipulated that the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and other regions in the south join a new national cabinet and place all forces under control of the internationally recognized government.

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