Press Review [Archives:2001/52/Press Review]

December 24 2001

Main Headlines:
-President Ali Abdullah Saleh Chairs a meeting of Defense, Interior Ministries and Security Commands
-The Meeting Takes Measures on Stabilization of Security in Society
-France Opposes a U.S. Military Strike Against Iraq
-Preparatory Meeting of GCC Summit 29 Dec.
-Afghan Interim Government Takes Over Power Saturday
-Americans From Latin Origin Embrace Islam
-Pakistan Arrests 31 Yemenis from Al-Qaeda Following their Escape
-America Asks Yemen to Intensify Its Efforts Against al-Qaeda Elements
-Unemployment in Yemen Estimated at 35%
-Canadian Medical Mission in Aden 19 January
-Angry Reactions to Killing of Military men in Dhalei and Demolition of 4 Houses.
Ath-Thawra daily 22 Dec. 2001
The daily editorial is devoted to discussing the resolute dealing with elements trying to destabilize security in the country. The editorial says fighting such elements is something dictated by necessities of the existence of the state of law and order and requirements of comprehensive development of the society. The interest of the homeland lies in the law, order and social development.
As the national interest is connected with interest of the citizens as a whole, therefore it should be above all tendencies and narrow egoistic interests that do not observe duties of the citizen and rights of the homeland. All of us are aware of the severity of losses and damage inflicted on our country and people those irresponsible practices by those who stand behind the phenomenon of kidnapping and the terrorist acts that caused great deformation to Yemen’s people.
As some elements have gone to far in disturbing the general security and infringement of stability and interests of the society, confronting such elements have become a duty dictated by the national, religious and ethical responsibility. The danger and damage of violating security reaches out all and impinges upon interests of all to the extent of threatening security and sovereignty of the political and social entity. Thus preserving stability is considered a collective responsibility.
Under a democratic system, as ours, there is no justification or possibility of talking about the existence of any difference between security of the society and that of the state. Each of them complements the other and the question of security should be dealt with as security of the society. In this respect political and social reality interconnection is embodied in a form of complete partnership represented in its expression and applied mechanism through the popular participation in taking the decision through institutions of the state.
At whatever level, according to the verified partnership, all are responsible directly and completely for the society’s security. Every individual and group on its part has to guarantee security of the society. This would, in addition to consolidating rules of stability in general, offer a bright and positive image of a civilized human society refusing crime and violation of values and ethics.
Our people have suffered a lot and our homeland as well and sustained great losses of their potentials and lives of their sons during the years of conflict and instability. In this period under leadership of president Ali Abdullah Saleh the people have realized and felt security and stability.
Our people have now the right to confirm their right to live in stability and conciliation. I t has become their duty to channel their energies and potentials in favor of their development and prosperity. Our people would not permit anyone to squander their energies in the manner bringing harm on them and the country. We say enough to all that our society has suffered because of irresponsible practices and now it is time for it to live in peace and security.
Al-Ayyam daily, 19 Dec. 2001
Columnist Najeeb Mohammed Yably says in his article that the junta and the group were the two ends of the difficult equation in the conflict in the southern part of the country before the unity that ended in the confrontations of January 13, 1986. The conflict was decided in favor of the junta that assumed the power in the south while the group migrated to the northern governorates so that to be a card in the hands of the political authority in Sana’a, to be taken from its pocket whenever it wanted and to put it back in the pocket any time it wanted. 
The junta has entered history through the biggest of its doors when Ali Salem Al-Biedh had signed the agreement of the Yemeni unity on November 30 1989. The junta did not work for improving the conditions of the unity, but it entered it while losing the governorates of Abyan and Shabwa.
The war broke out and the junta lost when forces of the group entered and replaced the junta. Thus it took up the gifts and posts. The group thought it to be the eternal fraternity while in reality they have been merely temporary workers for the state.