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 has warned of the accelerating collapse of basic services in Yemen due to the aggression, siege and fighting which was described as “devastating.”
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw said in a press conference in Cairo that the current estimations indicate that more than 14 million people in Yemen cannot get sufficient health care.
He noted that 20 governorates, out of 22 governorates, are affected and that about 2.3 million people were forced to leave their homes which created a deteriorating and desperate humanitarian situation over the past seven months, stressing the importance of promptly finding out a political solution before it is over.
The UN official said that 3 million children and women are in need for medication because of malnutrition while 1.8 million children are deprived of schooling since March.
Klaauw pointed out the increasing deterioration of the basic services as a direct result of the dispute and the lack of necessary supplies to pay salaries or to cover maintenance costs.
Oxfam welcomed on Friday the changing of the British policy on exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia which is used in its aggression against Yemen.
The Oxfam emphasized citizens are in the fire line not only because of weapons, but also of the siege imposed on Yemen which affected its main services and economy.
Josephine Hatton, director of the Middle East program at Oxfam, said in a statement the organization welcomed the alteration of the British attitude towards the denial of Saudi Arabia in targeting citizens in its airstrikes against Yemen, and insisting to conduct serious investigations in that regard.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond called on Thursday to carry out a serious investigation on the Saudi air raids against Yemen.
In an interview with the BBC, Hammond said the denial of Saudi in targeting citizens by its airstrikes against Yemen since March is not enough, serious investigations must been conducted in that regard.
A suicide bomber blew himself up on Tuesday in front of the Faculty of Agriculture in Ibb University, a security source said.
"The explosion did not cause any casualties," the source said, noting that the suicide bomber detonated himself before he was arrested by the security men, who noticed he was wearing an explosive belt.
The Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) organization said on Monday that thousands of Yemeni people still incapable to receive medical care because of the absence of transportation means and closing the health facilities.
In its statement, the MSF said many of health facilities have totally or partly been destroyed as a result of the airstrikes and war in the country.
MOSCOW– Russia affirmed on Saturday its support to the exerted efforts to hold a new talks' round on the Yemeni crisis and with the participation of the various sides.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said, in its statement issued Saturday, it is important to do all the possible efforts in order to end violence in Yemen and reach peace all over the country via implementing dialogue gathering all the Yemeni political powers.