Almotamar.net - Advisor to the Yemeni Prime Minister Jamal Abdulrahman al-Hadrami said Tuesday that renovations and preparations have been made for six public buildings, the four gates, the guest house, part of the fort, and 45 houses as part of the measures taken for the preservation of the city of Zabid in cooperation with residents of the city and the German Programme in support of historical cities.
In a lecture organized by the Arab Syrian Cultural Centre under the motto of ‘The City of Zabid, its history and the story of preserving it’ with the UNESCO, al-Hadrami called for the necessity of enlightenment on the importance the city’s heritage and preserving it.
He has also criticized the Ministry of Endowment for not carrying out renovation and repair of the city’s mosque and its shops in the old market.
Al-Hadrami also affirmed the necessity of the availability of the political will to render Zabid as a tourist historical city of a high civilization vale and entertain attention of the state and international organisations. He called for the necessity of restoring the prestige to the city of Zabid and to take care of it economically and politically by holding conferences and economic and trade activities in the way that improves income of the individual in it.
Al-Hadrami pointed out that the government has set up a committee for the rescue of Zabid from deletion and collapse after threats of the UNESCO of dropping the city from the list of heritage.
He stressed the necessity that the committee set up under chairmanship of the Minister of Culture shoulder the responsibility for the rapid treatment in order to deliver the city from the condition it is currently in after the allocation of one hundred millions for the quick saving of the city.
On deleting the city of Zabid from the list of world heritage, the Premier advisor said the city of Zabid was part of the world heritage list in 1993 and lowered in 2001 to a lower position and it is part of the list of the world heritage exposed to danger unless measures for preserving it are taken for preserving of its historical value.
Concerning the city’s important historical landmarks al-Hadrami clarified that the old city includes 4200 historical houses of 200-600 years old in addition to 85 Islamic mosques and schools, among them are four mosques aged at 1400 years, such as Al-Ashari mosque. He said the UNESCO has given the city the status it deserves as it registered 400 of its houses in the lists of unique landmarks of world heritage considering them as of high architectural value the age of some reaches to more than 400 years.
On the scientific and cultural phenomena of the city of Zabid al-Hadrami punted out they are the wall and the four gates and the Nasseri Grand House (Zabid fortress) which is considered of the most important landmarks in the city, in addition to Al-Ashari University and its scientists and the archaeological studies.
He has also reviewed in his lecture the political events that Zabid experienced and he divided them into five stages, beginning from the state of Bani Ziad and ending with after the Yemeni revolution.
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."