Yemeni Opposition Awaits Details of Border Accord with Saudi

Published June 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Yemeni opposition has urged the government to disclose details of the week-old border accord with Saudi Arabia, newspapers reported on Monday. 

The Islamic party Al-Islah, the main opposition group, welcomed the deal signed in the Saudi city of Jeddah on June 12th, saying it was "a duty to settle border conflicts between Arab countries". 

"But since the terms of the accord have not been published, we hope the accord protects the rights and interests of the peoples of the two neighbors," it said in a press statement. 

Another group, the Nasserite Unionist Popular Organization, said it had called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to inform the opposition of the terms of the accord and declined to give its reaction until the clauses were revealed. 

The accord is to be submitted to parliament for approval on Tuesday, deputy speaker Jaafar Ba Saleh told AFP, and debate on the agreement is expected to start on June 24th. 

The deal, which also needs approval from the Saudi cabinet, ends a border dispute, which dates back to the 1930s. Yemen's opposition has in the past warned the Sanaa government against selling out the country's territorial rights – SANAA (AFP) 

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