January 19, 2012
The US Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein informed the Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi on Wednesday that Yemen’s security forces cooperated with Al-Qaeda to capture Rada’a, media outlets reported on Thursday.
An Arabic-speaking daily newspaper, Akhbar Alyawm, said that Freiestein cited, in a meeting with Al-Qirbi, that Yemeni security and military forces had not taken any actions to prevent Al-Qaeda militants from capturing Rada’a.
The United Nations special envoy to Yemen Jamal Bin Omar and the EU Delegation’s Head and ambassador to Yemen Michele Cervone d’Urso met on Wednesday with Al-Qirbi following his controversial comments about the possible delay of the early presidential elections.
They stressed that the elections could not be delayed in any way, voicing their deep concerns about the current developments in Rada town of Baidha governorate.
Yemeni media outlets had spoke about disputes between the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi as the former refused the involvement of the Republican Guard and Central Security in encountering the militants.
Yemeni analysts had affirmed that Saleh and his cronies planned to raise chaos and turbulence through the use of terrorist groups with the aim of impeding the GCC-brokered transfer power deal.
Yemen Prime Minister Mohammad Salem Basindiwa had alleged that Saleh provided Al-Qaeda with a fertile ground to grow and expand.
“Saleh used to use Al-Qaeda to blackmail and intimidate the oil-rich neighboring GCC states, the United States and other western countries” added he.
The coalition of the main Yemeni opposition parties, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), has stated that security services that are still loyal to Saleh was responsible for insecurity occurred in Rada’a.