Conflict in Government’s Stand Regarding WTO Conference [Archives:2001/34/Local News]

August 20 2001

A noticeable conflict of opinions emerged lately between members of the Yemeni government cabinet last week regarding Yemen’s participation in the upcoming 2001 World Trade Organization (WTO) conference to be held in Al-Dawha, Qatar next November.
Several government officials confirmed their commitment last week to have Yemen boycott the conference if Israel takes part. But some official sources again said that Yemen would indeed participate in the event. An official source said that the government decided to make a face in the conference because of the significance of this participation as Yemen is a monitor member in this ministerial conference of the WTO. Some members of the Cabinet didn’t bless the decision of attending the conference, hence raising the possibility of a partial boycott of the event.
Interestingly however, this decision of the cabinet has not been broadcasted through official media. It is expected that Yemen;s participation will break hell loose and invite trouble to the government as the opposition and tribal wing in the PGC will make a big issue out of it.