Yemen gov't apologizes to north, south for past wars
AFPSANAA -- Yemen's government has apologized to southern separatists and northern rebels for wars against them, seeking to encourage a national dialogue aimed at drafting a new constitution and holding elections.
August 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The government “offers its regrets to the sons of the southern provinces,” who are demanding autonomy or even independence, and to those of the north, where minority Shiite Muslims have been battling the central government since 2004, according to a statement published late Wednesday.
It said its aim was to create the “conditions favorable to the success of the conference of national dialogue charged with bringing about national reconciliation,” added the statement, carried by official news agency Saba.
In particular, the aim is to “guarantee equal rights for citizens and an equitable distribution of power and wealth.”