Transition in Yemen on right track, despite concerns: UN envoy
NEW YORK, May 30 (Saba) - The UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Ben Omar has said the transition in Yemen is largely on the right track despite security concerns and continuing tension reasons.
In his briefing to the UN Security Council on Tuesday on transition progress in the country, Ben Omar praised the adroit leadership of President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
"President Hadi showed strong leadership and unwavering determination to lead the country at the present stage," he said.
Yemen's transition is taking place "against a backdrop of serious security concerns, an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and many unresolved conflicts. The timeline for the transition is very tight and there is no time to lose."
The UN envoy said that one of Yemen's key challenges is to assert the authority of the State in an environment dominated by a multitude of armed non-State actors competing for power.
He said that al-Qaeda continued to pose a major threat, "however, President Hadi's efforts to combat the advance of al-Qaida in the south and elsewhere are beginning to bear fruit."
Ben Omar pointed to the recent rising tension due to the refusal of executing president's decrees to change some military commanders.
"Latest developments have revealed the tension causes remain and obstruct President Hadi's reorganization and control of the military and security forces that could derail Yemen's fragile transition process and could result in serious instability."
"The patience of the international community has started to run out and those encouraging obstruction of the deal from behind the scenes will be sanctioned," Ben Omar said.
Moreover, the UN envoy indicated to the comprehensive national dialogue scheduled to be occurred during the second phase of the transition period.
He said the dialogue is very important and could can help keep a smooth democratic transition on right track in the country.
A planned national dialogue bringing together all sectors of society could shape the country's democratic future and create greater stability and security, he said.
"The success or failure of the national dialogue is likely to make or break Yemen's transition," Ben Omar said, stressing that the UN's top priority in the coming months will be to help ensure its success.