Al-Qaeda remains "real and lethal threat" to Yemen

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Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The militant Al-Qaeda network in the Arabian Peninsula remains "a real and lethal" threat to Yemen as people try to forge ahead with political transition in the country.

That's what the Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen told the Security Council on Friday.

Yemen is recovering from the political crisis that started in 2011 after people rose up against the government as part of what is now known as the Arab Spring.

Mr. Benomar spoke to reporters after briefing the Security Council.

"I told the Security Council that its engagement on Yemen has been instrumental and that the political transition is moving forward. I also noted that as Yemenis are weaving together the tapestry of their new country, some threats are, unfortunately, unravelling that could adversely affect Yemen's transition. I highlighted the situation in the south with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula which still remains a very real and lethal threat." (28")

Mr. Benomar said that in north where the Houthis and other armed groups had been fighting with government forces there is now what he called a "fragile ceasefire" in Amran.

He underscored the need for a political track that will sustain the current ceasefire and develop a peace plan through direct negotiations.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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