SANAA, May 4 (YPA) – A British newspaper on Sunday revealed the long history of the UAE in support of the division of Yemen since 1994, where it worked to incite its separatist militias and finance them with money and weapons to spread chaos and sabotage and serve its influence and economic interests.
The London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper said that the UAE is supporting and sponsoring the separatist project in southern Yemen that is represented by the so-called Southern Transitional Council (STC).
The STC was established in May 2017 with direct support and supervision from Abu Dhabi, which at that time assumed the political and military administration for most of the southern provinces and the western coast of Yemen.
The newspaper added that the UAE support included establishing and arming of military and security forces in the areas controlled by the STC, providing political support to the council inside Yemen, and marketing the separation project abroad.
A few days ago, the STC, most of its leaders reside in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, announced the autonomy in the southern province, particularly on April 25. It is an announcement believed to have been made at the behest of the UAE, or without its objection.
Although this announcement did not reach the point of announcing the secession, it is a step in this way, and a strong indication of the UAE’s desire to implement the secession in southern Yemen in the future.
The newspaper touched on that the ruling elite of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi were influenced with the view of South Yemenis, many of whom hold Emirati citizenship. They are close to the political decision-maker and have had a strong presence in the emirate for a long time, and their presence was reinforced by Abu Dhabi receiving most of the southern leaders after 1994 war, which prompted it to intervene in Yemen.
According to this analysis, this group was able to draw Abu Dhabi policy towards Yemen according to its perceptions, which are based on the idea that the Yemeni unity was against the interest of the southerners and that its continuation means the domination of the northern majority and the exclusion of southerners from power and wealth and making them subordinate to the northern ruling elites.
The newspaper revealed that the Emirate of Dubai does not seem enthusiastic about the external interference of the UAE in Yemen, since this policy has caused great damage to the economy of the Emirate of Dubai in recent years, and it is expected that it will be more affected if the state of instability and chaos continues in Yemen.