British Ambassador warns "Transitional": No one will recognize you and popularity do not mean legitimacy

British Ambassador warns "Transitional": No one will recognize you and popularity do not mean legitimacy

The UK ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aaron, said on Wednesday that  "His country, states and the international community will not recognize the Southern Transitional Council if it takes control of the south and departs from Yemeni legitimacy," warning that "popularity does not mean legitimacy."

The forces of the so-called Southern Transitional Council, backed by the UAE, took control of Aden, the interim capital of the Yemeni government, and yesterday took control of other legitimate camps in Abyan, which the government considered an armed rebellion, accusing the UAE of being behind it.

In an interview with the Middle East, Michael Aaron blamed the recent events in Aden on the southern transition because they started the problem and they have to solve it.

The British ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aron, called for immediate engagement in the dialogue called for by Saudi Arabia and for the inclusion of Yemeni legitimacy under President Hadi' leadership. He stressed that periods of war and problems are not the right time to make important decisions for the future of the state.

Describing what happened and whether it was a coup, he said: "Theoretically yes, but we have to wait if they agree with legitimacy it would be a good thing and solve the problem, on the other hand, there is little similarity between what happened in Aden last week and what happened in Sana'a five years ago."

The Ambassador of the United Kingdom, the Transitional Council, warned against not capturing the opportunity for dialogue and pushing the international community to consider them outside legitimacy, adding that "the STC has time to resolve the problem quickly and end the matter, the agreement with legitimacy is good, but if there is no agreement we are with legitimacy, and we believe that the Council will be aware of the problems it will face if it is outside the law."

"There will be no countries that recognize their control over the South, the countries will not recognize them, so it is in the interest of the transitional, and we said that to them, to solve the problem usefully, clearly and positively and to be part of legitimacy, they are a political entity that has a popularity in some southern regions we understand that, the people have responsibility but It is not enough, legitimacy is another matter, so we are waiting for steps from them to return to legitimacy."

The British ambassador reiterated the importance of resolving the southern issue within a Yemeni-Yemeni framework after the return of the state and ending the Houthi coup, pointing out that the time is not right to resolve it for the time being.

"The southern issue is very important, but the time is not right to resolve it during a war in Yemen as a whole, there is a conflict in the north, this is between the Yemenis and they must discuss it," he said.

He explained: "For the international community and we in Britain recognize a unified one state of the United Yemen , we know that the years after 1994 were difficult for southerners and we understand their feelings for this period, but we will solve the problem of war and then there will be a transitional period and elections, and it is very important for the new government to focus on what southern want then the  southerners decide whether this is good for them or not," he said.

Saudi Arabia has called on the transitional government and the legitimate government for dialogue in Jeddah, and the government welcomed this by requesting the withdrawal of transitional militias from the positions they had taken in Aden and Abyan to implement the coalition statement.

It is worth mentioning that the delegation of the Southern Transitional Council arrived late yesterday evening, in Jeddah, headed by Aidaros Zubeidi, in conjunction with the escalation of the militias of the Council in the city of Abyan, the hometown of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.


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