SANA’A – Martin Griffiths, the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, has met with former South Yemeni prime minister Ali Nasser Mohammed in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Sunday. During the meeting, Griffiths and Mohammed discussed the possibility of including a united delegation of southern representatives during future peace negotiations.
Ali Nasser Mohammed served as Prime Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen (DRPY, often called South Yemen) from 1971 to 1985, as well as serving a short term as the country’s president. The DPRY was an independent nation from 1967, when it gained independence from British colonialism, until merging with the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) in 1990.
During the meeting with the UN Envoy, Muhammad, who remains member of the Yemeni Socialist Party, expressed his support for the UN efforts to achieve an end to the conflict in the war-torn country. He also called on regional and international parties to do their part in achieving peace for Yemen.
The United Nations is currently holding meeting sessions with several different factions within Yemen in order to prepare future peace negotiations.
The South Yemeni movement, which used to strive towards increased automony for southern Yemen during the presidency of Ali Abdullah Saleh, has fractioned since the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen in March 2015. While some groups, such as the Southern Transitional Council, have sided with the Saudi and UAE invaders, other organisations have remained opposed to the foreign invasion of the Yemeni nation. Internal conflicts within the Southern movement have often led to violent confrontations, especially in the southern port city and former DPRY capital of Aden.
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