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Southern Yemen separatists reject Saudi brokered agreement

Southern Yemen separatists have rejected a peace deal, brokered agreement by Saudi Arabia, known as the Riyadh agreement.

The Riyadh agreement would permit the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) to establish a national cabinet but would place armed forces under the controls of Yemen’s government, which is recognised by the international community. 

The agreement was negotiated in November and would bring an end to the conflict however members of the STC have rejected the deal due to violence in the Shabwa province which they blame on forces loyal to Yemen’s government and Saudi Arabia. 

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, Acled, has estimated that close to 100,00 people have been killed since the conflict started in 2015.

Yemen’s separatists have accused the government of mismanaging the economy, corruption. In August 2019, the separatists were able to occupy the capital, Aden, and force the government into negotiations which resulted in the Riyadh agreement.

Read Reuter’s piece here.