Yemen’s southern separatists suspend participation from Riyadh agreement talks

A statement by Southern Transitional Council (STC), on August 24, stated that Yemen’s southern separatists have suspended their participation from talks on a power-sharing deal for the south, also known as the “Riyadh agreement”.

The move to pull out of the Riyadh Agreement talks comes in a protest at “irresponsible behaviour by parties” towards the Riyadh agreement, said STC’s vice-president Hani Ben Brik on the micro-blogging site Twitter, adding it was necessary to push for full commitment to the agreement.

Among several reasons given by the STC for withdrawing from the talks, were the military escalation by government forces in Abyan province and the collapse of public services in the south. “We renew our full commitment to what was agreed upon without any violations,” said Brik.

The government and the separatist STC are the key Yemeni forces in a coalition led by Saudi, fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that five years ago, drove the government out of capital Sanaa.

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