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SANA’A: Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has ordered the formation of two panels to resolve the grievances of southerners, in a new move to get them to join a stalled national dialogue, state media said yesterday. One commission will be tasked with resolving disputes over land that southerners claim the previous regime seized from them, the official news agency Sana said. The other will handle cases of civil servants and security officials fired from their jobs.
The panels will also investigate “violations” against southerners that have occurred since the south, which broke away in 1994 causing a short civil war, was overrun by northern troops.
The president’s decision “aims at going ahead with the national dialogue and achieving national reconciliation,” the agency said.
The national dialogue was due to start in November, but has been delayed for various reasons, crucially that factions of the Southern Movement refused to take part. The Southern Movement, which emerged in 2007, has gradually grown more radical in its demands, which include autonomy or outright secession for the formerly independent south. Three of the movement’s four main groups have now agreed to participate in the dialogue, and efforts are on to persuade the hardline separatist faction of former vice president Ali Salem Al Baid to join.AFP