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What are the consequences of relocating the Communication Sector into Aden? : Publishing Date: 4/4/2018
By: Abdulkhaliq Alnaqeeb: What are the consequences of relocating the Communication Sector into Aden? What are its impacts on the Humanitarian situation in Yemen? And how will Mr. Griffiths get all parties to neutralize the humanitarian efforts as an initial indicator for the success of his international mission? Repeating the catastrophic experience of relocating the Central Bank once again, despite the winnings:
The United Nations and the international community have held the “Hadi Government stationed in Riyadh” fully responsible for any humanitarian consequences that may arise as a result of relocating the Central Bank into Aden. These international bodies have waited to observe how Hadi Government will react to and deal with the warnings, which it has been ignoring. They have waited until Hadi and his government have committed one of the most dangerous polices that has negatively affected the civilians and using them as a leverage and a tool of war. Hadi, the internationally recognized president, and his government have appeared to be more skillful in adopting the absurd and destructive policies and trends which they have sought to apply throughout the last three years. The Central Bank, which has been relocated into Aden, has failed to administer and manage the banking and cash transactions. Consequently Hadi government has failed to meet its obligations to pay the salaries of millions of Yemenis both in the northern and in the southern governorates. This is in addition to its failure to secure and maintain the bank’s minimum financial transactions and obligations which the Sana’a government used to maintain successfully before the bank relocation. Last week, it was officially announced from Aden that the financial system of the Central Bank has been completely collapsed and that the bank is obliged to relocate its monetary and financial transactions into Amman, Jordan. This means that Yemen and its Central Bank are depending on foreign external economic policies that are subject to possible permanent bargaining and blackmailing potentials.

Adopting destructive and chaos policies:

In October 2017, the “Hadi government stationed in Riyadh” has announced that it has signed and concluded an agreement with the UAE branch of the Chinese Hawaii Company. This has led to the controversial resignation of the latest governor of Aden, Abdul-Aziz Almaflahi. This controversial resignation has been approved and accepted and the Hadi government is continuing its destructive and chaos policies. Currently the Hadi government is moving on toward dredging the civilian communications sector which is providing its services to civilians in a normal manner all over the country. Civilian Yemenis, who are suffering of “land, sea and air blockage and siege” are still able to access and use these internet and communication services as a sole mean to keep them in touch not only each other inside Yemen but also with the whole world. This is especially important as the war has denied more than 25 million Yemenis an access to urgent basic humanitarian services, according to international humanitarian reports which have classified the situation in Yemen as “the most threatening situation in the world”.

Civilian communications services as a part of war tools:

The Saudi coalition packed Hadi and his government have lost the majority of the military confrontation tools. Its revenge and retaliation practices and its weak performance have led to losing the remaining portions of its community based support in the governorates and regions under the Collation control. However, it is still gambling on bad pushy bets. This time it is seeking to repeat these destructive and chaos policies and practices by targeting the communication services and bringing it into the conflict and war cycle on unacceptable justifications whatsoever.
Having into consideration the consequences that will further worsening the already threatening humanitarian situation in Yemen in case if the communication ”separation” and the introduction of a separated internet gateway project is to be passed, communication specialists believe that the efforts of Hadi Government will create sever financial and humanitarian crises that may have as catastrophic impacts as those caused by the Central Bank relocation which have led to the currently prevailing deteriorated humanitarian situation. On the basis of the fact that the relocation of the communication control center into Aden is unsafe, especially from the humanitarian aspect, and is posing numerous risks that will hinder the delivery of health and education services, disrupt the operations of the aid, humanitarian INGOs and agencies which are either currently operating in Yemen or are still linked with local NGOs and CSOs. Communication is the last available link to keep those INGOs and NGOs connected and in touch with civilians in Yemen. This is considered as a serious recklessness and an integrated part of retaliation and revenge practices by Hadi government against civilians and violating their rights. The worst is the insistence by the Hadi government, stationed in Riyadh, to impose the collective punishment policy with no consideration given to the right of citizenship, as well as the Hadi government insistence to use civilians as tools and pawns in the conflict cycle and warfare.

Neutralizing the Humanitarian Path is an essential basis for the success of Mr. Griffiths

The UN envoy, Mr. Martin Griffiths, current visit to Yemen comes in the light of the ongoing efforts to relocate the communication control center into Aden and the accelerating political developments related to the appointment of Hadi in the post of GPC president. Mr. Griffiths is leaving Sana’a later today, Saturday, to Aden where it is expected that he will meet with the representatives of the political components in Aden. This indicates that both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are in a hurry to reassemble the scattered components of their coalition ahead of the reactivation of the international endeavors on the crises in Yemen. A couple of days ago, Griffiths has met With Mr. Abdul Malik Alhouthi, the leader of the Ansar Allah Movement. On Wednesday, he met with Saleh Alsumat, the president of the Supreme Political Council, who has expressed his hopes that the “presence of the UN envoy” will make a political move forward that will contribute to loosen the situation”. Alsumat has reiterated that “a new chapter is opened in the relation with Mr. Griffiths and there is nothing that may negatively affect this relation” as long as there is “neutrality in dealing with all parties and not to get influenced by any foreign external pressure or blackmailing”.
The question here is: Can Mr. Griffiths get all parties to neutralize the humanitarian path and not to use it as a tool in the war battlefield and bring an end to the deteriorating humanitarian situation that have reached an advanced phase of “severity” so that provide an opportunity to start talking on resuming the settlement process for which Mr. Griffiths in his first visit to Yemen is trying to facilitate. This visit coincides with the third anniversary of the war waged by Saudi-led coalition on March 26th, 2016 as a fast military intervention but it entering its fourth year. The victory that was envisaged and promised by the “Decisive Storm” has become today even more far to be achieved and even far beyond its failed military options. The coalition doesn’t have any trust worth thing on which it can rely and gamble, in the light of a vast international unified stand that the only possible mean to end the war in Yemen is through dialogue and giving peace an appropriate opportunity. Mr. Griffiths has to avoid the mistakes committed by his predecessor. The first step in this regard is to oblige all parties to neutralize the humanitarian path by opening land and air ports for humanitarian and commercial flights, reopening the closed ports and by halting any newly introduced projects the most important of which the relocation of the communication control center into Aden; in a similar way to the Central Bank relocation into Aden. These steps shall constitute an initial basis to ensure that Mr. Griffiths will successfully accomplish his international mission.

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