Jamil Jaadabi Almotamar.net - The General People's Congress (GPC) was established on 24 August 1982 in the wake of a national dialogue included all groups of the people and their political and social forces .The dialogue was called for by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has put at the forefront of his woes and interests, since the first moment of his election President of the Republic by the Constituent People's Council on 17 July 1978, the search for a formula for a national working theory around which all the sons of the people would meet with the aim of filling the political and organisational vacuum in a manner interacting with principles of the people and their values and the goals of their revolution.
Due to the President's belief that such a job does not represent am individual demand and cannot be left to opinions that might fail to succeed his address was directed to all forces of the people , scholars, thinkers , sheikhs military , intellectuals and others , sounding out their opinions and thoughts on the most suitable means and working way for the establishment of a national dialogue that would agree on a working form for a national charter that would embody actual participation and the will of the people and their aspirations.
The process of the national dialogue began in late 1978 when president Ali Abdullah Saleh asked a committee of thinkers, scholars and intellectuals from inside and outside the People's Council to draw up a draft for a national charter to be put to discussion and that drafting had taken an enough time and then was referred to the president so that to move with the draft to the second step of dialogue. A meeting was held for its discussion. The meeting comprised of members of the cabinet, military commands, the governors of provinces and the higher commission of the general federation of bodies of national cooperation for development. The draft was enriched with many remarks and practical ideas springing from the applied reality and expertise of the state establishments and needs and requirements of the comprehensive development.
The additions and amendments were referred to the commission to draft the preliminary form of the draft charter. Thus the draft became a project resulted from wider participation and more opinions. But that were just the beginnings that the dialogue approach included and which the president had adopted and made of it a distinguished school that is still absent from the dialogue.
Here it is now the opportunity is convenient to test the political and intellectual forces and to urge them for a great national action. Thus was the wise decision of the participation of all colors of the political spectra and thus the republican decree issued in 1980 on the setting up of the committee o the national dialogue that included 50 members from various political and intellectual affiliations to discuss the best convenient form for filling the political and organisational vacuum and to it was referred the preliminary amended draft of the project.
The national dialogue commission began its first meeting o 21 June 1980 with all conditions of dialogue were available for it. Under those conditions the national dialogue commission met for the first time in the contemporary history of Yemen with different political affiliations at one level after they were separated and conflicting.
The United Nations Secretary-General underlined that the only option for resolving the crisis in Yemen is negotiation.
Mr. Ban Ki-moon "is aware of reports that other States, in particular members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, are also supporting these [Military] operations," said a statement released from the office of the UN chief's spokesperson.
Mr. Ban called for ensuring the protection of civilians and emphasized that "negotiations remain the only option for ultimately resolving the crisis."
A clarification message from the Pakistani embassy in Sana’a denies the rumors of Pakistan involvement on the air strikes against Yemen.
The source was surprised of including the name of Pakistan to the list of countries who participated in last night air strikes on Sana’a and other Yemeni cities.
Ambassador to Yemen Dr. Irfan Shami said, Several international media reports are erroneously reporting that Pakistani aircraft were involved in the air strikes launched by the GCC coalition against Yemen in the early morning of Thursday, 26 March 2015.
The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Madani called on all Yemeni parties to act wisely and put the interests of Yemen above all political, tribal and sectarian accounts.
In a statement aired by Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Madani described the developments that are currently taking place in Yemen as "serious".
Madani urged all parties to avoid the military option and to response to the international and regional efforts that call for a comprehensive national dialogue to find a peaceful way out of the deepening crisis in Yemen
Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned [Yesterday] as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition.
Briefing the Security Council via video conference in a rare Sunday session, Mr. Benomar told the UN body that Yemen was on a “rapid downward spiral” as the conflict took on “worrying sectarian tones and deepening north-south divisions.”
“Emotions are running extremely high and, unless solutions can be found, the country will fall into further violent confrontations,” Mr. Benomar declared. “Events in Yemen are leading the country away from political settlement and to the edge of civil war.”
The situation in Yemen has been rapidly deteriorating since the country formed a new Government in November 2014 aimed at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy. Nonetheless, the country has continued to be plagued by violence and mass political demonstrations despite UN efforts to bring about a peaceful political resolution
Yemen's unity and stability are under huge threats, which casts serious consequences for the Arab region and the international peace and security, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Monday.
"Yemen is facing multiple challenges, which makes it imperative to help Yemen and drag it away from the edge of the abyss ", Shoukry said in his speech during the Arab League Council meeting at the ministerial level held in Cairo.
He reiterated Egypt's support for the institutions of the state in Yemen to carry out their national responsibilities in maintaining the unity of Yemeni territory.
The United Nations announced on Sunday the launch of the humanitarian response plan for Yemen for 2015 with an amount of US $747.5 million to deliver humanitarian aid to 8.2 million people.
Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Johannes Van Der Klaauw said that the latest developments in Yemen confirm the importance of continuing humanitarian aid and expanding its domain to reach millions of vulnerable Yemeni people.
"Despite the political unrest in Yemen, the humanitarian community will continue to work in Yemen at its full capacity and within strong partnerships with local communities and local partners," Klaauw added.
He said that the humanitarian agencies are adhered to continue to deliver emergency humanitarian assistance and to provide protection services for people within the vulnerable groups.
He called on all donors and concerned parties to support such efforts and provide humanitarian response plan for Yemen during the current year.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) renewed on Wednesday its call for all political parties in Yemen to implement the Council's relevant resolutions, especially the resolution 2201.
The council urged Yemeni political parties to reach a political agreement based on the Gulf initiative and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement (PNPA), confirming its respect to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen.
Chaired by Francois Delattre, the ambassador and Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York, the UNSC confirmed its support for the efforts made by the UN Special adviser on Yemen Jamal Benomar.
In closed consultations which lasted for more than two hours, Delattre said, "We have heard Benomar's briefing over the latest developments in Yemen, reviewing our concerns the lack of political solutions as well as growing of terrorist threats due to the ongoing security vacuum."