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Article Date: January 14, 2009
British ambassador to
Sana'a expressed on Sunday disappointment over the interruption of
dialogue among political parities in Yemen, saying main political
players in the country must reach reconciliation for the upcoming
elections to be held on time.
During a meeting with Yemeni journalists to brief them on details of his country's developmental support for Yemen, Tim Torlo made clear that they are contacting the ruling and opposition parties in an effort to help them make a compromise about the matter.
Portraying the relationship between Yemen and Britain as cordial, the ambassador denied that the British government supports the southern anti-government movement.
He dismissed reports that the Yemeni government had prevented him from meeting representatives of the movement as totally untrue.
In this regard, Torlo said Britain backs the Yemeni unity eagerly.
However, he said that he could not go to Al-Dhale province as he was sick, pointing out that the Foreign Ministry welcomed news that he planned to visit the province.
reports noted that the British ambassador was prevented from traveling
to south in suspicion Britain might plan to support southern
Regarding the western navy ships in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden, the ambassador denied that there are ill-wills by International Coalition forces in the area.
"The International Coalition forces are stationing in an international sea lane with the intent to only secure this important waterway and fight pirates there." Torlo said.
The British government provides much support for Yemeni coastguards as Yemeni coastguards can't curb piracy alone.
During the meeting with journalists, Torlo highlighted challenges facing Yemen with the decline in oil princes and quantities of gas which can't satisfy very poor country's needs.
Yemen's population is growing; water reserves are declining; fish production is low; as such problems dominate besides security issues, development with non-oil resources is really hampered.
For her part, the envoy of Britain's International Development Ministry at the embassy Sara White expressed concern over repercussions of the Saada war, saying despite aids provided for the war-displaced people in the province of Saada, the province is still in an urgent need of more aid.
Over 2008, the
ministry provided ₤ 2 million in aid for the Saada displaced people
through the World Food Program.
White brought up financial assistance Britain has provided for Yemen during 2006-2011, saying the Britain government raised its support for Yemen by 400%.
She added that the British government pays attention to development in Yemen as a whole process, affirming Britain will continue to support Yemen over next years.
White, however, said financial support will not tackle the country's problems alone, saying Yemen needs an efficient leadership.
Yemen is to hold parliamentary elections on April 27.Meanwhile, the ruling party and opposition parties are clashing over many democratic issues, a situation which really draws the concern of western countries backing the first democracy in the Arab Peninsula.