Convening of Parliament in Sayuon: A strategic step towards sustainable peace
April 13, 2019
The convening of Parliament today in the city of Sayuon is a positive and strategic step towards strengthening the State of Yemen. The conflict in Yemen has been, directly and indirectly, impacted by weak political or non-existent state agencies. The establishment of a governance structure is a necessary precondition to building a sustainable peace. We welcome this move to towards building federalism in Yemen.
It is women who are most harmed by the absence of the state and the violence perpetrated by armed groups. The Women4Yemen Network welcomes the convening of Parliament, outside the central geographical area that Yemen has been accustomed to, as a positive step towards both federalism and decentralization.
We hope that this initial step will lead to the State of Yemen being able to exercise its functions fully and effectively from within Yemen. We call on the international community support this Parliament and to strengthen the Yemeni government's action in accordance with already agreed-to references in The Gulf Initiative, the Yemeni National Dialogue Outcomes, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216, and other relevant national and international agreements.