President Hadi’s speech at final plenary session opening
It is my pleasure to meet you at the opening of the first session of the NDC third concluding plenary. On my own behalf and on behalf of the Yemeni people, I present my thanks to every one of you for your honest efforts and for the tremendous achievements you have accomplished in order to put forth solutions and visions for various national issues. You have demonstrated serious patriotism in dealing with multiple tough issues, reflecting the essence of Yemeni wisdom, which was confirmed by Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, who always told the truth. Our dialogue experience and power transition was unmatched. It dismissed [the path of] violence that many countries have [followed]. The dialogue [path reflects] the deep-rooted history of Yemen’s civilization.
On this occasion, it pleases me to congratulate you on the anniversaries of September, October and November revolutions. I also congratulate you on the coming Eid Al Adha. It is a good omen that these national celebrations—which helped transform Yemen and liberate her from injustice, tyranny and occupation—coincide with the NDC third concluding session.
It is important on this occasion to [remember and appreciate] those revolutionaries who sacrificed themselves in order to make a better future for a free people.
Being honest [about such precious] sacrifices means being honest to the great national goals which those revolutionaries sacrificed themselves for, so that their sacrifices are not in vain.
I am confident that you are well-aware of this, in light of how you have responsibly accomplished a large number of your national missions.
I am certain that you will also deal with the remaining issues responsibly [and] with the same patriotic soul, as long as you keep in mind what I have said and put the interests of the country ahead of any others. Our conference was created to find solutions for national problems in the South, North, East and West (of Yemen).
He who thinks he can change the [tide] of the NDC to serve the needs of individuals, groups or parties—is wrong. Our free people have matured [and] prudently await the outcomes of your conference. Political games and plots can no longer deceive the Yemeni people. We have to be up to the enormous security, political and economic challenges ahead. Great challenges need great men—who should always be part of the solution, not part of the problem—and who draft an inclusive national agenda that fulfills the aspirations and demands of the entire nation.
Some point out that the NDC has been working outside its planned schedule, considering it evidence of failure and weakness.
We say to such people, there were challenges and there will continue to be challenges, but failure is not an option because the Yemeni people chose the path of success when they chose dialogue.
You have realized great successes, putting forth solutions and visions for the majority of tough issues and problems. We urge you to proceed [with] these successes [in mind] in order to establish a solid foundation for implementing the outcomes of the NDC so that the comprehensive transformation is accelerated, [and] can move the nation towards structure, stability and development. Missing this opportunity is unacceptable because moving backwards is a catastrophe which generations of Yemenis will not forgive us for.
Therefore, we want you to be the ambassadors of the NDC’s outcomes. Explain these outcomes to people and defend them given that they are based upon unprecedented national consensus.
Dear brothers and sisters,
We are only a few days away from reaching a fair solution for the Southern Issue, a solution that depends on addressing past grievances and re-drafting the unity agreement among all Yemeni political components in line with one federal, united state. You know a national broad consensus on the solutions of the Southern Issue has been largely reached. The tentative points will be successful because of the virtue of Yemeni wisdom and by the virtue of their willingness to place national interests first.
It is important to emphasize that the initial features of the solution have given the Southern Issue what the 1990 unity agreement and the 1994 Covenant and Agreement could not. This is a deep reflection of the will of all political factions to end injustice and return lost rights, embodying a principle which all Yemenis agree on, namely drafting a new constitution to treat all unity-related imbalances and correcting the unity track after its diversion by some who misread the unity moment.
Consequently, it is important to assert that this is a historic opportunity worthy of being exalted by all those who honestly believe the Southern Issue is a fair cause. But those who overestimate this issue will find themselves outside of history, accountable to the Yemeni people for going against the national consensus.
We consider the resolution of the Southern Issue to be the foundation for resolving all of Yemen’s issues. It was prioritized to the top of the NDC agenda. This paved the way for resolving other substantial issues, such as the Sa’ada Issue, on which a complete agreement has been reached. This is a reflection of the courageous, new Yemeni spirit,that admits the faults of the past and works patriotically to resolve the inequities.
Brothers and sisters,
The international community supported political reconciliation, and admired the unique Yemeni experience, reaffirming that any solutions and visions must be in line with the Gulf Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, as well as relevant UN Security Council resolutions which all emphasized Yemen’s unity, stability and security.
The resolutions of the Security Council emphasized unity [because] the international community recognizes that Yemen cannot be stable outside a fair unity framework that guarantees equal citizenship and social justice and builds the foundations of a modern civil state.
May God lead you towards what is good for the people, and end our conference successfully.