AL-AYYAM: Aden bi-weekly, 2-8-98. [Archives:1998/31/Press Review]

August 3 1998

Main Headline:
1- The President: “Discussing my standing in the next presidential elections is a premature talk.”
2- A bomb exploded at the home of the chief of the Abyan appeal court. The house sustained some damage, but no casualties were reported.
3- 18 prisoners from the Thabet clan suspected of the murder of a young man go on a hunger strike at Al-Qatan Prison. The have been detained for more than a year.
4- Flashfloods cause extensive damage to property and kill several people in a number of governorates.
Article Summary:
Yemeni-Saudi Agreement
By: Dr. Mohammed Ali Al-Saqqaf
The procès-verbal agreement signed by Yemen and Saudi Arabia on 28 July has helped to ease some of the tension between the two countries. But, why was it not called an outright agreement. Does the term procès-verbal imply that there was another actual, undeclared agreement?
The two sides agreed to preserve the status quo at the Dowaima Island – now partially occupied by Saudi forces – without specifying a deadline such as when a final settlement as to the sovereignty over the island is reached. This means that they have already agreed to share Dowaima.
The other serious matter is that the “agreement” has only dealt with Red Sea islands without touching upon any of the Yemeni land positions taken over by Saudi forces. Agreeing to demarcate the sea border lines one month after the meeting of the military committee to demarcate the land border on 4 August could mean that the latter issue is already settled, the sea border is delineated as an extension of the land border.