The Yemeni opposition abroad have set conditions to participate in a comprehensive dialogue expected in few months to come under a West-backed power-transfer deal including that the dialogue should be held between the south and the north, Almasdar Online reported, quoting sources.
Opposition figures, mainly southerners of those who sought asylum abroad after the 1994 war, demanded the dialogue ensure equal participation from the south and the north and ensure the right of the people in the south determine their destiny, the website quoted the sources who attended meetings between the dialogue liaison committee and opposition figures.
The opposition figures led by former president Ali Nasser Muhammad and former prime minister Haider Abu Bakr Al-Attas handed the liaison committee a vision including their conditions to participate in the dialogue.
The vision called for holding the dialogue outside Yemen at the Arab League, the GCC or the UN and demanded that be a peer-to-peer dialogue, it said.
Furthermore, the vision included that the opposition abroad will represent the groups of the southern movement, Harak, and the other conditions included the political forces, which supported the 1994 war, should offer an apology to the southerners.
There was also a condition to hold the dialogue according to the UN resolutions, which called for ceasing the war in 1994.
The liaison committee have so far convinced some political groups and CSOs inside Yemen to participate in the dialogue, which is expected to culminate the democratic transition under the power-transfer deal brokered in November.
The deal saw former president Saleh relinquish power after 33 years in office.
Still, the committee is facing big challenges to bring all those concerned to the table, mainly the youth-led protesters who have refused to leave the squares until the gals of the revolution were met.
The first meeting to contact the protesters failed, in a sign these people are standing as the main challenge before making the dialogue a success as it has been stated.