President Al-Zubaidi to British Channel 4: The key to a peaceful solution in Yemen lies in the return of the South as an independent state

President Aidarous Qassem Al-Zubaidi, President of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council (PLC), reiterated that the key to a peaceful solution to the conflict in Yemen lies in the return of the south as an independent state.

President Al-Zubaidi indicated, in an interview with British Channel 4 on the sidelines of his visit to London, that the return of the south to the pre-1990 situation will be a main factor of security and stability in the region.

Regarding the humanitarian crisis, President Al-Zubaidi said that nine years of war have disastrously affected the income level of individuals and the community in general in Yemen, stating that the people are living in a dire humanitarian and economic situation, and without the assistance of the world, there will be an outspread famine, diseases, and many deaths.

President Al-Zubaidi pointed out that "Britain has a significant and major role in Yemen, as it is responsible for the Yemen file in the United Nations and the Security Council, and today it must reformulate the solutions to the Yemeni crisis, whether through peace or war."

In his interview with British Channel 4, President Al-Zubaidi noted that the ongoing negotiations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Houthi militia concern only the two parties, as the Kingdom wants to secure its borders from Houthi threats.

President Al-Zubaidi stressed the centrality and, essentially, the cause of the people of the South in the political equation, warning that any ignoring or overlooking of the South and its cause will not serve the peace process in the country.

President Al-Zubaidi went on to say, "We, as southerners, control the land of the South through military and security forces."

Regarding the possibility of coexistence with the Houthi militia, President Al-Zubaidi reaffirmed that it is not possible, underscoring the significance of a comprehensive political process that guarantees the return of the South as an independent state through a peace process supervised by the United Nations.