SANA’A, YEMEN (05:50 PM) – The parliament of Yemen has officially condemned any and all agreements regarding the island of Socotra that were signed between the government of former president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has betrayed the country and fled to Saudi Arabia in 2015, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as illegitimate and therefore null and void.
The Yemeni parliament thus voted in favour of a motion by the Supreme Political Council, officially considering Socotra island as “under occupation” by invading Emirati forces and their mercenaries.
The passed bill reads that “Any acts or agreements outside the framework of the Constitution and the laws in force, that affect the sovereignty and territory of the Republic of Yemen [are considered illegal].”
Furthermore, the Council and parliament of Yemen vow “to engage with the international community in general and UNESCO in particular to preserve the island as it was drawn up and planned nationally and globally to preserve the world’s unique biodiversity and sustainable development that preserves the right of national, regional and global generations to live in a unique and appropriate environment.”
In conclusion, the parliament asked the Yemeni revolutionary government to “move through Arab and international environmental organizations, as well as countries keen on international peace and security, to pressure the UAE forces to stop tampering with the nature of Socotra Island as one of the most important nature reserves in the world.”
Socotra island is a unique biosphere in and of its own, containing flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Much of the island is uninhabited and officially registered as UNESCO World Heritage.
However, reports have been pouring in about UAE corporations exploiting the fragile biome of the paradisiacal island, with the support or silent permission of Hadi’s government and South Yemeni separatists.