YEMEN Press Agency

STC withdraws from reconciliation’s commission in Aden

ADEN, March 05 (YPA) – The UAE-funded Southern Transitional Council (STC) withdrew on Sunday from participating in the so-called Reconciliation and Consultation Commission in city of Aden, south of Yemen.

Media sources said that the STC’s move reflected the continuation of the crisis within the authority of the Riyadh-formed Presidential Council, headed by Rashad Al-Alimi.

The sources reported that Mohammed Al-Ghaithi, a head of the commission on behalf of the STC withdrew from the meetings that the commission held in Aden a few days ago, noting that Al-Ghaithi’s withdrawal came under higher directives.

The commission, which are working on preparing a draft of reconciliation, has continued its work in Aden, headed by Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi, after the absence of al-Ghaithi.

It has not yet known whether the withdrawal of the STC resulted from disagreements within the body or within the escalation of pressure towards forming an independent southern negotiating delegation, but the move indicated the STC’s boycott of Al-Alimi’s authority.