Still no official date for National Dialogue

Published on 26 November 2012 in News
Mohammed Al-Samei (author)

Mohammed Al-Samei


SANA’A — The National Dialogue Conference (NDC), which was slated to begin mid-November, still has no definite start date, according to Sultan Al-Atwani, the deputy head of the conference’s Preparatory Committee.

In a statement to the Yemen Times, he said a final report that outlines the breakdown of dialogue participants will be submitted in the next several days to President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, who will then select an exact date for the dialogue to begin.

Although most details of the report are confidential, on Wednesday, the Preparatory Committee declared that Southerners will represent half of the NDC’s 565 seats.

Jamal Benomar, the United Nations special envoy to Yemen, on Friday said the transitional process is going through an important phase, calling on political stakeholders and the Technical Committee to resolve pending issues.

According to a statement released by the state-run Saba news agency, Benomar said the transitional process in Yemen is still threatened by those who do not realize that change is imperative.

Benomar’s statement added, “The National Dialogue is owned by Yemenis and is led by the Yemeni people.   It is important to secure Yemen’s future, but there needs to be bold steps to assure all Yemenis that their aspirations will come true.”

Benomar also said it was inspiring to see youth, women, civil society organizations and political groups represented in the Technical Committee’s plan.  He called such a step, the initial move towards a new Yemen.